English Literature


“Narrative is present in every age, in every place, in every society; it begins with the very history of mankind and there nowhere is nor has been a people without narrative”
—Roland Barthes

In the English Literature major students enter a world of narrative. UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer breadth and depth in a range of courses examining the richness of literatures in English. Students who choose a major in English Literature learn to develop their enjoyment of reading and analytical skills through analysing the major narratives that have shaped societies across time and place.

The English Literature major begins with a choice of three gateway courses in the areas of Australian literature, contemporary fiction, and literary traditions. Students then choose from a wide variety of advanced level courses, including literary criticism and critical theory, Australian literature, women’s writing, the novel, poetry, Shakespeare and early modern literature, literary modernism and 21st-century literature.

Hear more about this  Major from Joy, a current Bachelor of Arts student studying English Literature and Writing.