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Pathway 1: English Literature

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This Pathway in English Literature considers the relationship between literatures from a variety of historical periods.

It asks students to reflect on some crucial questions. How have ideas about literature and literary value changed over time? What effects do innovations in printing and publishing have on writing? To what extent do political and social factors condition and define authorial identities and practices?

This pathway is ideal both for those who intend to pursue doctoral research – particularly if your interests span traditional literary periods – and for those who wish to achieve a broad overview of Anglophone literary culture. It provides both structure and flexibility, combining a specially-designed core module with the opportunity to select further options from across the whole range of MA modules on offer in the Department of English.

Core modules 

The Production of Texts in Context (ESH7001)

This module considers how texts have been produced, disseminated, and received throughout history, as well as examining how this kind of historical enquiry might influence our own textual interpretations. Topics may include: the emergence of authorial identity in the Middle Ages; the circulation and reception of information about news and current affairs in the medieval and early modern periods; the relative longevity and popularity of different works and genres; manuscript circulation during the Restoration; the rise of the professional writer in the mid-eighteenth century; the influence of professional reviewers and criticism upon writing in the Romantic period; publication in the Victorian era; the emergence of ‘mass culture’ and its impact on literary production in the modern age; the influence of hypertext and the web on literary production. 

Resources for Research (ESH7046)

This is a compulsory, non-assessed research resources module that runs in the first semester of study. The initial research seminars provide instruction and guidance in scholarly methods (including footnotes and bibliographies, electronic bibliographical resources, and humanities research on the internet) and in professional development (e.g. applying for funding, writing research proposals, and dissertation planning). In further seminars, you will be introduced to key research resources in London through visits to specialist and advanced libraries and archives, such as the British Library, the University of London Library Special Collections, the Poetry Library, the Fawcett Library for Women's History, and the National Art Library.

Module options

You will also choose three modules (up to two from any single period pathway) from across the range of MA modules offered by the Department of English, and write a dissertation. Module options will vary from year to year, but may include:

 
CodeModule TitleModule TypeConvenor (tbc)PathwayDescriptionRunning in 2015-16
Autobiographical Literature and Religious DissentESH7004OptionalJames VigusPathway 3
 
No
Romantic Worldview: The Orient and OthersESH7005OptionalShahidha BariPathway 3
 
Yes
Romantic Worldview: The Orient and OthersESH7005OptionalShahidha BariPathway 7
 
Yes
The Propaganda War in London, 1793-1796ESH7006OptionalJohn BarrellPathway 3
 
Yes
Cultural Legacies of the First World WarESH7010OptionalMichele BarrettPathway 5
 
Yes
The State of the NovelESH7011OptionaltbcPathway 5
 
Yes
The State of the NovelESH7011OptionaltbcPathway 6
 
Yes
Victorian Print CultureESH7011OptionalJames EmmottPathway 4
 
Yes
James Joyce's Finnegans WakeESH7014OptionalKatie FlemingPathway 5
 
Yes
Ideas and Metaphors: 1700-1820ESH7015CompulsoryJames VigusPathway 3
 
Yes
JM Coetzee: In the Provinces of HistoryESH7017OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 5
 
Yes
JM Coetzee: In the Provinces of HistoryESH7017OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 6
 
Yes
JM Coetzee: In the Provinces of HistoryESH7017OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 7
 
Yes
Early Modern Archival SkillsESH7021CompulsorytbcPathway 2
 
Yes
News Communication in Early Modern EuropeESH7022OptionalJoad RaymondPathway 2
 
No
Aestheticism and Fin de Siecle LiteratureESH7032OptionalMadeleine WoodPathway 4
 
Yes
Aestheticism and Fin de Siecle LiteratureESH7032OptionalMadeleine WoodPathway 5
 
Yes
Postcolonialism, Language and IdentityESH7035OptionalRachael GilmourPathway 5
 
No
Postcolonialism, Language and IdentityESH7035OptionalRachael GilmourPathway 6
 
No
Postcolonialism, Language and IdentityESH7035OptionalRachael GilmourPathway 7
 
No
Modernism and AfterESH7036CompulsorySam Halliday; Suzanne HobsonPathway 5
 
Yes
Modernism and IrelandESH7037OptionaltbcPathway 5
 
Yes
Researching Modern CultureESH7038CompulsoryMark CurriePathway 5
 
Yes
Researching Modern CultureESH7038CompulsoryMark CurriePathway 6
 
Yes
Researching Modern CultureESH7038CompulsoryMark CurriePathway 7
 
Yes
Imagining the Modern CaribbeanESH7039OptionaltbcPathway 5
 
Yes
Imagining the Modern CaribbeanESH7039OptionaltbcPathway 6
 
Yes
Imagining the Modern CaribbeanESH7039OptionaltbcPathway 7
 
Yes
Writing the East EndESH7040OptionalNadia ValmanPathway 4
 
Yes
Writing the East EndESH7040OptionalNadia ValmanPathway 5
 
Yes
Writing the East EndESH7040OptionalNadia ValmanPathway 6
 
Yes
Writing the East EndESH7040OptionalNadia ValmanPathway 7
 
Yes
Public and Private Cultures in Renaissance EnglandESH7041OptionalDavid ColcloughPathway 2
 
Yes
Early Modern ContextsESH7023CompulsoryJerry BrottonPathway 2
 
Yes
London Panoramas: Research Culture and the Long Eighteenth CenturyESH7047CompulsoryShahidha BariPathway 3
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 1
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 3
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 4
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 5
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 6
 
Yes
Resources for ResearchESH7048CompulsoryAlfred HiattPathway 7
 
Yes
Romantic ManifestosESH7050OptionalPaul HamiltonPathway 3
 
Yes
The Production of Texts in ContextESH7001CompulsoryMichele BarrettPathway 1
 
Yes
Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth CenturyHST7330OptionalBarbara TaylorPathway 3
 
Yes
Representing the 'Other': Jews and Jewishness in Medieval and Renaissance English Literature and CultureESH7020OptionalTamara AtkinPathway 2
 
No
Freud and ProustESH7033OptionaltbcPathway 5
 
No
The Spatial Turn: History, Literature, and GeographyESH7016OptionalAlfred HiattPathway 2
 
No
The Spatial Turn: History, Literature, and GeographyESH7016OptionalAlfred HiattPathway 7
 
No
Being an Author, 1450-1550ESH7019OptionalJulia BoffeyPathway 2
 
No
African Literary and Textual CulturesESH7008OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 5
 
No
African Literary and Textual CulturesESH7008OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 6
 
No
African Literary and Textual CulturesESH7008OptionalAndrew van der VliesPathway 7
 
No
Forms of ModernismESH7007OptionalPeter HowarthPathway 5
 
Yes
Psychoanalysis and Modern CultureESH7031OptionaltbcPathway 5
 
No
Reading Shakespeare HistoricallyESH7042OptionaltbcPathway 2
 
No
Sociability: Literature and the City 1660-1780ESH7049OptionalMarkman EllisPathway 3
 
No
Polite and Popular Culture in the Eighteenth-CenturyESH7044OptionalChris ReidPathway 3
 
No
Primitivism and ProgressESH7045OptionaltbcPathway 3
 
No
Metro-Intellectuals: Women Writing in the City in the Romantic PeriodESH7051OptionaltbcPathway 3
 
No
Literature, Science and TechnologyESH7024OptionalKaty PricePathway 5
 
Yes
Literature, Science and TechnologyESH7024OptionalKaty PricePathway 6
 
Yes
Writing and the PresentESH7025Compulsory Mark CurriePathway 6
 
Yes
Writing and the PresentESH7025Optional Mark CurriePathway 7
 
Yes
Victorian VoicesESH7026CompulsoryMatthew InglebyPathway 4
 
Yes
Global Interests in the Shakespearean WorldESH7027OptionalJerry BrottonPathway 2
 
Yes
Narrative, Poetry and Storytelling in the 21st CenturyESH7028Optional Peggy ReynoldsPathway 6
 
No
Peripheral ModernitiesESH7029OptionaltbcPathway 6
 
Yes
Peripheral ModernitiesESH7029CompulsorytbcPathway 7
 
Yes
Benjamin and AdornoESH7002OptionalPaul HamiltonPathway 5
 
Yes
Benjamin and AdornoESH7002OptionalPaul HamiltonPathway 6
 
Yes
Early Modern Studies: Research PreparationESH7030CompulsorytbcPathway 2
 
Yes
Cultures of FriendshipESH7052OptionalTessa WhitehousePathway 3
 
Yes
Imagining South Asia and its DiasporaESH7054OptionalRehana AhmedPathway 6
 
Yes
Imagining South Asia and its DiasporaESH7054OptionalRehana AhmedPathway 7
 
Yes
 
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