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Pathway 3: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism

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The pathway in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism investigates the history of genres and authorship, and literature’s connections with philosophy, politics, history, and visual culture.

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This pathway takes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring the history of genres and literary authorship alongside developments in philosophy, politics, history, and visual culture. We consider the popular culture of the coffee house and tavern, the political world on the street and in parliament, the vocations of women poets and polemicists, polite society and its interests in the management of emotions and arts, epistolary culture, religious dissent, and the metropolitan life of London. We examine Romantic poetics and manifestos, generic innovation and experiment, Romantic science and medicine, Orientalism, travel, relations between British and Continental Romanticism, and the French Revolution and its aftershocks.

All students take these compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules:

Ideas and Metaphors: 1700-1820
London Panoramas: Research Culture and the Long Eighteenth Century (non-assessed)
Resources for Research (non-assessed)
Dissertation

Option modules:

You choose three modules from a list of options that changes from year to year (one can be from the range of modules offered across the MA English Studies curriculum). 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.  

Cultures of Friendship
• International Romanticism
Radical Romantics: The Godwins and the Shelleys
Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century

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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