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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 (ENLM001)

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 (WASM018)

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:

From Pathway 2: Early Modern Studies, 1300-1700:

Being an Author 1450-1550 (ESH7702) [Show/hide module description]

Public and Private Cultures in Renaissance England (RENM021) [Show/hide module description]

Reading Shakespeare Historically (RENM030) [Show/hide module description]

Representing the Other: Jews and Jewishness in Medieval and Renaissance England (ESH7703) [Show/hide module description]

The Spatial Turn: History, Literature and Geography (ESH7304) [Show/hide module description]

News Communication in Early Modern Europe (ESH7705) [Show/hide module description]

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From Pathway 3: Eighteenth Century Literature and Romanticism:

Autobiographical Literature and Religious Dissent (ESH7102) [Show/hide module description]

Metro-Intellectuals: Women Writing and the City, 1780-1824 (WASM022) [Show/hide module description]

Primitivism and Progress (WASM003) [Show/hide module description]

The Propaganda War in London, 1793-1796 (ESH7104) [Show/hide module description]

Polite and Popular Culture in the Eighteenth-Century (WASM002) [Show/hide module description]

Romantic Manifestos (WASM021) [Show/hide module description]

Romantic Worldview: the Orient and the Other (ESH7103) [Show/hide module description]

Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century (HST7330) [Show/hide module description]

Sociability: Literature and the City, 1660-1780 (WASM019) [Show/hide module description]

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From Pathway 5: Writing in the Modern Age:

Aestheticism and the Fin-de-Siècle Literature (LCMM015) [Show/hide module description]

African Literary and Textual Cultures (ESH7201) [Show/hide module description]

Cultural Legacies of the First World War (ESH7203) [Show/hide module description]

Forms of Modernism (ESH7200) [Show/hide module description]

Freud and Proust (LCMM042) [Show/hide module description]

Imagining the Modern Caribbean (LCMM051) [Show/hide module description]

James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (ESH7302) [Show/hide module description]

JM Coetzee: In the Provinces of History (ESH7305) [Show/hide module description]

Modernism and Ireland (LCMM048) [Show/hide module description]

Postcolonialism, Language and Identity (LCMM044) [Show/hide module description]

Psychoanalysis and Modern Culture (LCMM011) [Show/hide module description]

Writing the East End (LCMM052) [Show/hide module description]

The State of the Novel (ESH7204) [Show/hide module description]

Victorian Print Culture (ESH7300) [Show/hide module description]

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From Pathway 6: Contemporary Writing:

African Literary and Textual Cultures (ESH7201) [Show/hide module description]

Imagining the Modern Caribbean (LCMM051) [Show/hide module description]

James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (ESH7302) [Show/hide module description]

JM Coetzee: In the Provinces of History (ESH7305) [Show/hide module description]

Literature, Science and Technology (ESH7800) [Show/hide module description]

Narrative, Poetry and Storytelling in the 21st Century (ESH7804) [Show/hide module description]

Modernism and Ireland (LCMM048) [Show/hide module description]

Peripheral Modernities (ESH7805) [Show/hide module description]

Postcolonialism, Language and Identity (LCMM044) [Show/hide module description]

Psychoanalysis and Modern Culture (LCMM011) [Show/hide module description]

Writing the East End (LCMM052) [Show/hide module description]

The State of the Novel (ESH7204) [Show/hide module description]

Writing and the Present (ESH7801) [Show/hide module description]

 

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