What is literature for? How does it shape us?

As an English major you'll set out to answer these questions, exploring how different types of storytelling have influenced the ways people and societies have been represented through the ages.

Our program enables you to study literary and visual texts from diverse cultures, and provides historical pathways to understanding literary movements and genres — from the Middle Ages to the present day.

You will develop your critical thinking and analyse texts drawn from diverse subject areas such as literary and genre fiction, poetry, drama, digital texts, film, television, online games, and visual art, and fields such as politics, philosophy, and history. You will gain an informed, ethical, cross-cultural understanding of human interactions in the world.

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.... The man who never reads lives only one.

George R.R. Martin

As well as a deep understanding of literary and social issues, you will develop essential career skills in:

  • reading and comprehension
  • critical analysis
  • written and oral communication
  • research
  • independent judgment
  • time management
  • creativity.

What you'll study

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Last updated: 17 Dec 2019