In the second and third years, you choose from an extensive range of options to assemble a course that reflects your interests. There are no compulsory modules, but we do constrain your choices so that you encounter a good historical range of different kinds of writing. In the second year, you choose five modules from the wide range on offer and available modules change regularly in order to stay fresh and relevant. The main "menu" is made up of lecture-and-seminar modules devoted to quite large topics in literature - for example Shakespeare, 19th Century Writing, or Modernism. Alongside these there are smaller modules that encourage you to venture outside the literary mainstream: modules for instance about critical theory, dramatic literature, postcolonialism, or journalism. It is at this point too, that many Literature students choose to take at least one module in Creative Writing: there are regular workshops in prose fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and literary translation. Even if you would not see yourself as "a writer", you can enrich your study of literature by trying to produce some. Your final module in the second year is "free choice" which opens up other directions of study to you.
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Tapping Reeve’s Litchfield Law School was the first school of law in the United States. Over 1,100 young men attended the school between 1774 and 1833. The library collection includes more than 100 manuscript books of students’ lecture notes, student letters, Tapping Reeve’s law library, 18th and 19th century law books, images of students and a related collection of 18th and 19th century writing equipment.
19th Century English Writing Desk with Lift Panel at 1stdibs
Flip the question to this - why in the 1950s,60s, and 70s could so few people type? Why did college students hire typists to type up their papers? Because only those who took a special course in typing learned to type - it was- like 19th century writing - a professional skill.
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