The joys of English Literature
Studying English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University has simply been an incredible experience so far.
Picking this degree at this university was definitely the best decision for me, as it’s allowed me to explore a range of time periods and discover many different text types, all of which I’ve found so interesting. This has also meant I’ve been able to learn from tutors with a wide range of expertise and take on board all of the knowledge they’ve offered up. I’ve been continuously guided by my tutors, who are great at passing on their expertise in order to expand my own knowledge. The support I’ve had with my studies so far has been fantastic.
Some of my favourite modules have been Victorians: Realism and Sensation, which allowed me to broaden my knowledge of Victorian culture by reading novels such as Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. One of my current favourite modules is Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years, which explores various texts that were written within several key interwar periods throughout history.
Other genres I’ve been able to cover have included detective fiction, such as the works of Agatha Christie and the comic fiction of P.G. Wodehouse. There are so many modules to choose from and they cover a range of periods and genres, which in my opinion is one of the best parts of studying English Literature at LJMU. There honestly is something for everyone, no matter what you love to read. You’re guaranteed to discover new texts too which you may never have picked up before. I’ve found that while studying, I’ve picked up different passions along the way and got to know the works of new authors. For example, I’ve found a new love for Victorian literature in particular, and have even chosen to focus my dissertation on this period because I enjoy exploring the contextual issues and novels of this time so much.
Studying English Literature has also opened up opportunities to go on trips to the likes of the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, William Wordsworth’s home in Grasmere, visits to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and even trips to London and Italy! When visiting Grasmere last November, we were able to speak to experts who work at Wordsworth’s home and they allowed us to look at some of the archives and learn a little more about where one of our favourite poets lived. Different modules offer different trips, so there’s always something different to look forward to and exciting things to learn. Another amazing opportunity that the English department offers is a possible semester abroad in America. So the degree really can take you to some unexpected places!
As well as travel, there are also opportunities to make your voice heard. Each department has a Student Board, so you have the chance to raise any issues or ideas throughout your degree on how to make LJMU and our wider community as a whole better. By having your say, you can truly make the most of your time here at university.
The Literature Society is yet another opportunity available for students to get involved with, and one that I personally took advantage of. I was even given the chance to run it, which I enjoyed. Within the group, we arrange events and invite speakers to our meetings to discuss their literary passions and thoughts. Some of my favourite events we have held so far have been theatre trips to see The Woman in Black and Frankenstein. Last year we also held a pub quiz in The Fly and the Loaf, which was lots of fun with plenty of pizza and prosecco!
Due to the situation with COVID-19, this year it has been difficult for us all – but my coursemates and I have managed to do some interactive activities and continue society meetings over Zoom. We’ve also done quizzes, bingo and other fun get-togethers where members can join and win prizes. As an LJMU community, I do really feel we’ve been able to make the most out of a bad situation.
All in all, I believe that Liverpool John Moores University is a wonderful uni – filled with students and tutors who share your passions and help you to achieve your goals. I have always felt so supported, and it’s thanks to this support that I feel I’m truly excelling and my passion for English Literature is continuing to grow.
If Thea’s passion for English Literature has inspired you, then take a look at the English courses we have on offer here at LJMU. As she says, who knows where the experience could take you?