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EnglishPart of HumanitiesPostgraduate study

Taught degrees

Our postgraduate teaching emphasises cross-period study, interdisciplinarity, and theoretical innovation.

Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library

This is supported by our five interdisciplinary research centres; we also have a special relationship with the Chawton House Library, which specialises in early women's writing. Our core MA module Adventures in Literary Research includes a research trip to the rare books and literary manuscripts collections at the British Library and a workshop at the Bodleian Library Printing Press. Our library and IT resources are excellent, and we have a lively research culture, with frequent seminars and conferences.

Course List

8318 MA Global Literary Industries Management
MA Creative Writing
MA English Literary Studies
MA English Literary Studies (Eighteenth Century)
MA English Literary Studies (Nineteenth Century)
MA English Literary Studies (Postcolonial and World Literatures)

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Special Projects

Designed on the model of small-group supervision, these research-led modules are available on all postgraduate courses and allow students to develop their own research projects in conjunction with experts in the field. Possible areas of study include:

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Studies

British and American fiction and poetry; postmodernism and feminism; postcolonial studies; Caribbean literature; South Asian literature; literature and law; maritime literature; islands and oceans; economics and finance; the 'New Woman'; mad women and nineteenth-century medical discourse; nineteenth-century fallen women; literature & race; African literatures & cultures; psychoanalysis; trauma theory; feelings and affects; deconstruction; Jewish literature; post-war American literature; life-writing; creative nonfiction/the essay; contemporary writing; theoretical and interdisciplinary work on contemporary culture; reading the 1930s; post-war British fiction; modern poetic form; film, television, and radio; the BBC; medical humanities; energy humanities; literary theory; modern and contemporary drama.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Studies

Nineteenth-century poetry and prose; book history; literature and place; feeling and affect; Victorian Readers and the Politics of Print; Victorian Literature and Environment; Fin de siécle women writers; Brontë studies; French novels in English translation; Cross-Channel migration of ideas; Romantic-period literary magazines and periodicals; eighteenth-century women's writing; the 1790s; literature and religion 1700-1900; literature in the early United States; garden history; transatlantic landscapes; the Bluestockings; solitude.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Shakespeare in performance—then and now; Shakespearean film; Ben Jonson and the art of satire; Renaissance rhetoric; editing and marketing early-modern drama; Jacobean court masque; early-modern literature and culture; the early-modern court; seventeenth-century drama and poetry; writing of the English Civil Wars: seventeenth-century poems and pamphlets; writing, art and culture in England's Republic: the 1650s; early Restoration literature; English Republicanism; Writing the World—from Medieval to Renaissance.

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