This MA focuses on one of the most exciting periods of British literary and political history: the years from the Declaration of American Independence through to the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832. Dominating the period is the French Revolution, an event that inspired contrary feelings of dear and pity, revulsion and enthusiasm. Our MA offers students an opportunity to explore this period by concentrating on the related themes of sensibility, imaginations, gender an national identities, revolutionary literature and politics.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
School of English
The School of English has a thriving postgraduate community with approximately 70 research students, a mixture of full and part-time, split-site and collaborative with external organisations.
* The School achieved the 5*A in the 2001 RAE exercise and intends to maintain the equivalent of this in the forthcoming 2008 exercise. Staff and graduate students actively research in all of the areas listed below.
* The School has hosted several international conferences organised by staff as well as graduate conferences devised and administered by the School’s research students. It also features several research groups, including the Postcolonial Research Group and Renaissance Research Group, which organise regular seminar series.
* The School also participates in Faculty research groups such as the American Research Seminar and Eighteenth-Century Seminar. In addition, graduate students organise their own fortnightly Postgraduate Research Seminar where they present and discuss their research. The School frequently enjoys success in both national and international funding competitions (e.g. AHRC, ORS).
What you study
Students take a core module Romantic Identites three of the specialist modules including: Gender and Romanticism; Women Writing Revolution; William Blake: Word and Vision; Irish Writing in an Age of Revolution; Sensibility and Society 1744-1811. Alternatively, one module may be substituted from the full range offered by other MA schemes within the School, or by other departments within the University, subject to approval. The course also includes an individually supervised dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words and a Research Methods module.