What is English Literature at University?
English at University is different to the kind of English you are likely to have done at school. We are interested not only in the canon of great literature established by British and American writers and critics,
but also in the rich and complex traditions of writing in English that have emerged from Africa. We examine cultural texts in a sense that is sometimes broader than the straightforwardly “literary” and we also look at literary theories, which draw on other disciplines such as Philosophy, Politics, Linguistics, Film and Media
Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology.
Why study English Language and Literature at UCT?
To study English at UCT, a university committed to its role as a leading South African institution of higher
learning, is not only to have access to the traditional texts of English Literature. It is also to engage with
what English means in South Africa, and what South Africa has done with English. The Department of
English Language and Literature is one of the oldest departments in the university and it is also one
of the oldest academic departments of its kind in South Africa. The department offers a wide range of
opportunities for research and study in English Language, Literature, Linguistics and Creative Writing.
What can I do with a degree in English Language and Literature?
All courses offered in the in the department equip students for a broad range of challenging careers.
The enriching knowledge gained goes far beyond vocational specialisations. Besides the apparent route
as an English academic in a local or international university, career possibilities with an English degree can be vast and interesting. An English degree can place you in Publishing, Advertising and any career
that requires critical thinking and good analytical and communication skills.