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F    English Literature

In your foundation module, you will be introduced to literary studies as a field and trained in basic literary and cultural reading, as well as the craft of academic writing. All Level-2000 modules will equip students with interpretive tools that they can use for further analysis of literary texts and other forms of cultural expression, with a special focus on “skills” training with regard to textual analysis and on locating texts within specific historical and cultural contexts. Subsequent modules at the 3000-level retain this focus on literary analysis but diversify in topic and are usually more field/period-specific. This would involve introducing students to specific genres, historical periods, and/or theoretical approaches.

Majoring students are expected to read a certain number of modules from the “pre-1800” period of Literature, as these provide some basic knowledge of the development and pre-history of English literature. In addition, there are modules as diverse as film, South Asian literature, American literature, and aesthetics. At the honours level, there are a wide range of modules that deal with specialised topics at a more advanced level, with examples including Modern Critical Theory; Material Culture; Film; and even more specific literary topics that might include a single author or concept. What brings these various topics together is the emphasis on how to read, locate, and analyse literary and cultural texts in all their diversity and complexity. There will also be opportunities to undertake advanced research projects in special topics as part of continuous assessment. The flexibility of the Literature programme within the modular system allows you considerable breadth in the types of courses chosen, while still retaining the rigour of the traditional English Literature degree. One evidence for this is that our students, who wish to continue their literary studies, have no trouble entering into top PhD programs from around the world.

In addition to a sensitivity to language and the sophisticated communicative skills developed through prolonged engagement with literary texts and criticism, the literature programme also imparts the critical ability and theories necessary to engage with a range of cultural texts such as film, various types of written discourse (from legal to commercial), cultural and historical projects, publishing, advertising and media. A literature student is thus well equipped for a number of jobs; typical career areas of recent graduates include journalism, television, public relations in banks and other corporations, teaching, and publishing.

Entry Requirements

Students who wish to read English Literature should have obtained at least one of the following:

Exempted from, or passed the NUS Qualifying English Test, or exempted from further CELC Remedial English modules.

Subject Major Requirements

Single Major [BA (Hons)]

To major in EN, students need to:

  1. Pass EN1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.
  2. Pass at least 84 MCs of EN modules or EN-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) A minimum of 4 MCs from the following:

(i) EN2201 Backgrounds to Western Literature and Culture

(ii) EN2202 Critical Reading

(iii) EN2203 Introduction to Film Studies

(iv) EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture

(v) EN2207 Gender and Sexuality in Literature

(2) A minimum of 8 MCs from literature before 1800 (See Note 1)

(3) A minimum of 64 MCs at Level-3000 or higher, with

(i) a minimum of 40 MCs at Level-4000 or higher

(ii) a maximum of 1 level 5000 EN module (subject to department’s approval).

Note 1: List of literature before 1800 modules:

  • EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture
  • EN3221 The English Renaissance
  • EN3222 The Eighteenth Century
  • EN3226 Shakespeare
  • EN3228 Women Novelists: 1750 – 1800
  • EN3229 Shakespeare in His Time and Ours
  • EN4221 Topics in the Seventeenth Century
  • EN4222 Topics in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4227 Five Years in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4251 Jonathan Swift
  • EN4880A Usurpation and Authority, 1558-1674

Note 2: The following EN-recognised modules may be read to fulfil EN Major requirements:

  • EL3222 Cinematic Discourse and Language
  • EL3258 The Sociolinguistics of Humour: Jokes and Comedies
  • EL4221 Narrative Structures
  • EL4253 Language, Gender and Text
  • PS4220 Rhetoric and Politics
  • TS2239 Major Playwrights of the 20th Century
  • TS2241 Writing the Short Film
  • TS3246 Shakespeare and Asian Performances
  • TS4220 Shakespeare and Film

Note 3: To declare an Honours track, students must have completed at least 110 MCs including 44 MCs of major requirements and have a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Note 4: The Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis (15 MCs), students must have met the pre-requisites for the Honours Thesis. In order to obtain Honours (Highest Distinction), students must read and pass the Honours Thesis and obtain a CAP of 4.50 or higher.

Note 5: Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read Level-4000 modules to fulfil the Honours Requirements.

Note 6: Students may also read a Level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). This Level-4000 ISM carries a prerequisite of 100 MCs completed, including 44 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20. It precludes the Honours Thesis.

Note 7: All Level-4000 modules carry a general prerequisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 OR being on the Honours Track (some Level-4000 modules may have different prerequisites).

Note 8: EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2205, EN2207, EN2275, EN2276 and EN2277 are pre-requisite or co-requisite for Level-3000 EN modules; all other Level-2000 modules can be taken as electives so long as graduation requirements are met.

Single Major (BA)

To major in EN, students need to:

  1. Pass EN1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of EN modules or EN-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) A minimum of 4 MCs from the following:

(i) EN2201 Backgrounds to Western Literature and Culture

(ii) EN2202 Critical Reading

(iii) EN2203 Introduction to Film Studies

(iv) EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture

(v) EN2207 Gender and Sexuality in Literature

(2) A minimum of 8 MCs from literature before 1800 (See Note 1)

(3) A minimum of 24 MCs at Level-3000 or higher

Note 1: List of literature before 1800 modules:

  • EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture
  • EN3221 The English Renaissance
  • EN3222 The Eighteenth Century
  • EN3226 Shakespeare
  • EN3228 Women Novelists: 1750 – 1800
  • EN3229 Shakespeare in His Time and Ours
  • EN4221 Topics in the Seventeenth Century
  • EN4222 Topics in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4227 Five Years in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4251 Jonathan Swift
  • EN4880A Usurpation and Authority, 1558-1674

Note 2: The following EN-recognised modules may be read to fulfil EN Major requirements:

  • EL3222 Cinematic Discourse and Language
  • EL3258 The Sociolinguistics of Humour: Jokes and Comedies
  • EL4221 Narrative Structures
  • EL4253 Language, Gender and Text
  • PS4220 Rhetoric and Politics
  • TS2239 Major Playwrights of the 20th Century
  • TS2241 Writing the Short Film
  • TS3246 Shakespeare and Asian Performances
  • TS4220 Shakespeare and Film

Note 3: : EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2205, EN2207, EN2275, EN2276 and EN2277 are pre-requisite or co-requisite for Level-3000 EN modules; all other Level-2000 modules can be taken as electives so long as graduation requirements are met.

Second Major

To major in EN, students need to:

  1. Pass EN1101E. This will be counted towards the Faculty Core or UE requirements.
  2. Pass at least 44 MCs of EN modules or EN-recognised modules which include the following:

(1) A minimum of 4 MCs from the following:

(i) EN2201 Backgrounds to Western Literature and Culture

(ii) EN2202 Critical Reading

(iii) EN2203 Introduction to Film Studies

(iv) EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture

(v) EN2207 Gender and Sexuality in Literature

(2) A minimum of 8 MCs from literature before 1800 (See Note 1)

(3) A minimum of 24 MCs at Level-3000 or higher

Note 1: List of literature before 1800 modules:

  • EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture
  • EN3221 The English Renaissance
  • EN3222 The Eighteenth Century
  • EN3226 Shakespeare
  • EN3228 Women Novelists: 1750 – 1800
  • EN3229 Shakespeare in His Time and Ours
  • EN4221 Topics in the Seventeenth Century
  • EN4222 Topics in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4227 Five Years in the Eighteenth Century
  • EN4251 Jonathan Swift
  • EN4880A Usurpation and Authority, 1558-1674

Note 2: The following EN-recognised modules may be read to fulfil EN Major requirements:

  • EL3222 Cinematic Discourse and Language
  • EL3258 The Sociolinguistics of Humour: Jokes and Comedies
  • EL4221 Narrative Structures
  • EL4253 Language, Gender and Text
  • PS4220 Rhetoric and Politics
  • TS2239 Major Playwrights of the 20th Century
  • TS2241 Writing the Short Film
  • TS3246 Shakespeare and Asian Performances
  • TS4220 Shakespeare and Film

Note 3: EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2205, EN2207, EN2275, EN2276 and EN2277 are pre-requisite or co-requisite for Level-3000 EN modules; all other Level-2000 modules can be taken as electives so long as graduation requirements are met.

Minor

Pass at least 24 MCs of EN modules, which include the following:

(1) EN1101E An Introduction to Literary Studies

(2) A minimum of 4 MCs from the following:

(i) EN2201 Backgrounds to Western Literature and Culture

(ii) EN2202 Critical Reading

(iii) EN2203 Introduction to Film Studies

(iv) EN2205 Late Medieval Literature and Culture

(v) EN2207 Gender and Sexuality in Literature

(3) A minimum of ONE literature before 1800 module

(4) A minimum of 8 MCs of EN modules at Level-3000

Note 1: A maximum of 8 MCs from the minor can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

Please refer to the guidelines/requirements pertaining to the Minor programmes at the FASS Student Portal and the Registrar’s Office (Minor programmes) website.

Note 2: EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2205, EN2207, EN2275, EN2276 and EN2277 are pre-requisite or co-requisite for Level-3000 EN modules; all other Level-2000 modules can be taken as electives so long as graduation requirements are met.

Note 3: Only EN-coded modules can be used to fulfil the EN Minor requirements.

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