English Literature (MA)

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  • Objectives
    The course aims to take you on to a role in research, the arts and the media, or employment requiring high-level skills in analysis or advanced subject knowledge.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:
    A first or Upper Second class Honours degree or equivalent. Suitable for graduates in English Literature and Humanities.
  • Academic title
    English Literature (MA)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    A dynamic, full-time one year programme with a choice of open and
    specialist pathways, enabling you to put together the MA that best suits your personal and professional interests. Students take two courses per semester, each assessed by a 4,000-word essay. After Easter, students write a 16-20,000-word supervised dissertation.


    -Advanced Studies in English Literature – the Open Pathway
    -Editorial and Intertextual Studies
    -Medieval Literature and its Afterlife
    -Medieval and Renaissance Studies
    -Shakespeare, Theatre and Theory
    -19th Century Studies
    -20th Century Studies
    -Postcolonial Studies
    -Literature, Theory and Culture
    -Each pathway draws from a pool of options.
    -The following lists are indicative:

    Semester 1 options:

    -Violent Death in Renaissance Drama
    -Shakespearen comedy
    -Chaucer, Dream literature and Sexual Debate
    -British Romanticism
    -Victorian Visual Cultures
    -The Novel and the 19th Century

    Semester 2 options:

    -Constructing Shakespeare
    -Shakespeare in Theoy
    -Romantic Nations
    -Gothic and Gender
    -Credit and Commerce in the early C18th
    -London and Literature in the C19th
    -Welsh Fiction in English: Colonial and Postcolonial
    -Psychoanalysis, Colonialism and Race
    -Literature and Film after 9/11
    -Tragic Love: The Cressida and Troilus Theme
    -Constructing the Child: C19th Children’s Literature
    -The Popular Novel in the Age of Austen
    -In addition, students attend classes on research methods and scholarly presentation, as well as a critical reading group. These are unassessed but compulsory. There are opportunities to present papers and attend occasional weekend conferences.

    Special Features:
    -The opportunity to explore in depth a number of related specialist courses and modern critical ideas, while gaining experience in research methodology.
    -There is a fortnightly reading group working on literary theory and texts.
    -A highly successful programme that combines taught classes with research methodology and fosters specialist knowledge.
    -Both a stand-alone degree and preparation for PhD study.

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