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    How do you prepare for an application to study English Literature?
    I've read a lot around the subject- say 3 books to each book studied, with extras- but there isn't one area that I've specialised in. I still haven't found a favourite book, despite loving literature. I love English Lit, and have an A at AS level.
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    (Original post by Fawkesgirl33)
    How do you prepare for an application to study English Literature?
    I've read a lot around the subject- say 3 books to each book studied, with extras- but there isn't one area that I've specialised in. I still haven't found a favourite book, despite loving literature. I love English Lit, and have an A at AS level.
    To start with look at a variety of courses from different universities and see if the course content is what you'd like to be studying. Each university is going to offer different optional modules depending on what their staff specialise in, so apply for a course which has modules you're interested in e.g. Gothic literature, American lit, creative writing, etc.

    Consider whether you want to do a Single Honours English Literature degree, or if you'd like to combine it with Creative Writing, Journalism or something different (I'm doing English Lit and American Studies in Sept). Also some places offer more specialised degrees such as English and American Literature, or Classical Literature.

    If you have any questions about the personal statement or application in general feel free to ask, I'll try and help!
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    (Original post by Fawkesgirl33)
    How do you prepare for an application to study English Literature?
    I've read a lot around the subject- say 3 books to each book studied, with extras- but there isn't one area that I've specialised in. I still haven't found a favourite book, despite loving literature. I love English Lit, and have an A at AS level.
    This article from the Guardian is really interesting as well, I definitely used a lot of the tips in there to help me write my personal statement.
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    (Original post by portia22)
    To start with look at a variety of courses from different universities and see if the course content is what you'd like to be studying. Each university is going to offer different optional modules depending on what their staff specialise in, so apply for a course which has modules you're interested in e.g. Gothic literature, American lit, creative writing, etc.

    Consider whether you want to do a Single Honours English Literature degree, or if you'd like to combine it with Creative Writing, Journalism or something different (I'm doing English Lit and American Studies in Sept). Also some places offer more specialised degrees such as English and American Literature, or Classical Literature.

    If you have any questions about the personal statement or application in general feel free to ask, I'll try and help!
    Thanks, that's really helpful. I'm thinking of doing single honours English Lit or English and American Literature.

    In a PS, would you focus on a few books that you know well or demonstrate how widely you've read around everything?
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    (Original post by Fawkesgirl33)
    Thanks, that's really helpful. I'm thinking of doing single honours English Lit or English and American Literature.

    In a PS, would you focus on a few books that you know well or demonstrate how widely you've read around everything?
    I would have liked to do English and American Lit but there isn't a huge number of universities that offer it, and I decided to just combine English with American Studies instead. Luckily my course has a couple of American Lit modules, I think most probably do!

    I'd try not to overdo it mentioning the books, you'd probably be better off with a few details about one or two books rather than listing everything you've read recently. Like the Guardian article said, if you're applying for English Lit you can't submit a personal statement without mentioning at least one book, it just looks bad. Make sure you don't say you've read anything you haven't because if you have to go for an interview they will ask you about the books you've mentioned. Try to pick a couple from different eras to show that you have a wide reading taste. For example in my personal statement I mentioned that a few of my favourite books were Wuthering Heights, On The Road and Enduring Love (so that covered Romantic/Victorian and modern, both American and British) and I also said that I'd recently finished Sylvia Plath's Ariel so that covered poetry.

    Another thing, if you can contextually link any recent activities or hobbies to your studies then that looks good too. Like for my AS Level we studied the Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature which covered a lot of racism/sexism/homophobia so I mentioned that I'd recently been to the National Museum of American History in D.C. and that really helped me understand the history behind certain texts. Only put something like that in if it's really relevant though otherwise they'll just think you're grasping at straws.
 
 
 
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