CAO CODE: TR023 The study of English is concerned with the history and practices of writing in English and encompasses literary works spanning English, Anglo-Irish, American and emerging post-colonial cultures. It aims to develop a thorough knowledge of the history of these literatures while also enabling you to develop a sophisticated critical consciousness and an awareness of critical and cultural theory. Throughout the four years, the subjects you study will balance compulsory with optional courses, with the latter coming into play for the most part in the Sophister (third and fourth) years. The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. There is particular emphasis on small-group teaching, enabling you to benefit from close personal staff supervision. Independent study and research are encouraged, and quite a high proportion of your time will be taken up preparing work in the library and writing essays.