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English Literature and Creative Writing

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About English Literature and Creative Writing at Manchester

The city of Manchester has a rich literary legacy, from Chetham's Library to the annual Manchester Literature Festival.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the University's John Rylands Library hosts one of the finest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world. As a student here you'll have access to the exclusive Special Collections of The John Rylands Library, which include treasures such as Shakespeare's first folio, and the original archives of Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes.

Our academics' internationally significant research directly informs our teaching.  You'll have access to a wealth of cutting-edge critical thinking, from neoliberalism's impact on cultural production to comedy writing in fiction, theatre, and film from the 18th century to the present day.