Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.
And again, it’s that time of the year when you have to choose your modules for the next academic year — my final year (I gulp as I write this). The big difference between the second and third year modules is that third year modules are worth 30 credits instead of 20: I’ll only have four modules instead of six. Unfortunately that doesn’t mean I’ll have less work. They expect a much higher level of engagement with each module and a lot of extra research and reading. Essay will be longer too (5,000 words — that’s 2,000 more than in second year). It is very scary but also so exciting!
I remember looking at my course profile a few months ago and being extremely disappointed by the absence of translation modules and that the range of options is smaller than in second year. However, after having had a closer look at the entire list, all the modules sound amazing (except Shakespeare, I’m traumatized for life). They’re generally more specific and give you the opportunity to study something you’ve done and loved before in more depth, or to study completely new things! Oh and the good news is you don’t have to do a dissertation.
I now have to face the dilemma of choosing my modules and know that I might not get all my first choices… Although I’m stressed about the essays I’ll have to write in the next few weeks and terrified about my third year, I can’t wait to discover new things and learn more. It sounds very nerdy but I’m studying English Literature and paying a fortune for a reason!
As part of the pre-1789 requirements… I won’t take Shakespeare. I’m thinking about 18th Century Voyage Literature or The 18th Century Novel, because they’re probably the easiest ones for me and also because I liked 18th Century Writings last semester.
Apart from that, I’m very interested in the following modules: Queer Literature and Theory; New Worlds: Science Fiction and Beyond; Nervous Narratives; Madness and Medicine; Children’s Literature; and Cultures of Suburbia! They all sound really cool and interesting — I need to choose wisely. So I hope I get most of my first choices. Otherwise I’ll have to cry and beg someone in the hub for a module change.
Back to my reading now, wish me luck! 🙂