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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.

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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; literature and place; feeling and affect; Victorian Literature and Environment; Fin de siécle women writers; Brontë studies; women, writing and modernity; Jane Austen and the Regency world; 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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