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Department of English and Creative Writing

Goldsmiths, English and Creative Writing covers everything from classical literature, linguistics and translation to contemporary fiction and creative writing, so you’ll be able to immerse yourself in this fascinating subject and develop expertise in the areas that most interest you.

We offer a very diverse curriculum so you’ll have the chance to explore Shakespeare, Austen and Dickens, delve into American and Caribbean literature or Black British writing, and study texts from the classics right through to the 21st century. You’ll also be able to learn about film, theatre and visual arts in a literary context.

You’ll take a creative and critical approach to the subject, which means that you’ll analyse texts and have the opportunity to come up with your own imaginative interpretations, honing your skills in constructing and articulating solid evidence-based arguments.

At Goldsmiths you can get involved in cultural and literary activities beyond your studies. The department regularly invites speakers that in the past have included Nobel Prize laureates, critics, and writers like Will Self, Ali Smith, Sharon Olds and Judith Butler. The annual Goldsmiths Prize for novel fiction attracts critically acclaimed contemporary writers to campus each year.