This Pathway in English Literature considers the relationship between literatures from a variety of historical periods.
The English Literature MA pathway is ideal if you don’t wish to be confined to a specific period or disciplinary area. It asks fundamental questions about our ideas of literature and how these might have changed over time. The pathway’s compulsory module, ‘The Production of Texts in Contexts’, opens up these questions by looking at a broad array of literature from a variety of historic periods. It considers how innovations in printing and publishing have affected writing, and asks to what extent political and social change conditions and defines authorial identities and practices. Other modules can be chosen from across the English MA curriculum, making this pathway ideal if you’re seeking maximum flexibility and choice. The pathway is also ideal if you decide to pursue a doctoral project that spans several literary periods.
All students take these compulsory modules:
You also choose one of the following
• Researching Modern Culture; London Panoramas: Research, Culture and the Long Eighteenth Century, or The Material Text, 1300-1700
You choose three modules from a wide-ranging list of options that changes from year to year.
In 2017-2018 we hope to offer the following. If members of our specialist research staff win research funding it will mean that their module won’t run, so for that reason this list is indicative only.
• Aestheticism and fin-de siècle Literature
• Benjamin and Adorno
• Cultural Legacies of the First World War
• Cultures of Friendship
• Forms of Modernism
• Global Interests in the Shakespearean World
• Global Shakespeare: History and Theory and Performance
• Ideas and Metaphors: 1700-1820
• International Romanticism
• Literature, Science and Technology
• Modernism and After
• Peripheral Modernities
• Public and Private Cultures
• Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction
• Radical Romantics: The Godwins and the Shelleys
• Reading the Middle East
• Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century
• The State of the Novel
• Victorian Print Culture
• Writing the East End
You may, subject to availability and the approval of the School, take one of your option modules from across a range offered by other Schools in the Humanities and Social Science Faculty, or from other Colleges of the University of London.
In addition to taught modules, we run a range of research seminars to which all MA students are invited. Some of these are linked to our interdisciplinary Research Centres, such as the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Centre for Religion and Literature in English and the Centre for the History of the Emotions. Others are collaborations with other institutions, such as the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. With visiting speakers from across the world, these seminars are an opportunity to meet other postgraduate students and members of staff and to learn about the latest developments in research.