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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.

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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:

Compulsory modules:

The Production of Texts in Context
Resources for Research (non-assessed)

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

Option modules:

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.

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