How does literature debate and reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?
The MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment offers an exciting opportunity to examine how literature reflects and shapes the way in which we see the landscape and the environment.
We expect applicants to have a good honours degree (2:1 or above), in an area of literary studies or a related humanities subject.
The programme aims to provide you with an excitingly wide range of issues and approaches in relation to the representations of various kinds of landscapes. It will present:
a mix of thematic topics, types of landscape and regions
a balance between literature pre- and post-1900
a range of methodologies and approaches
although its main focus is literary, you will also engage with real landscapes and environments (for example, an eighteenth-century country estate; London; the Eden Project; Quantock Hills; Hardy country).
Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination
Enables you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level. This module will be an introduction to postgraduate-level research strategies alongside the focused study of literary texts.
In order that we can offer as wide and varied a programme as possible the core modules below act as a ‘shell’ module: each consists of two themed strands.
The Country and the City in History
Two topics from the indicative list below will be offered each year: ‘The politics of place in early modern literature’; ‘Staging the country in early modern London’; ‘The city and the country estate in the long eighteenth century’; ‘Transforming poetry: industry in landscapes of the eighteenth century’; ‘Wilderness’.
Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
Two topics from the indicative list below will be offered each year: ‘Literature and Ecology’; ‘20thC. American nature writing’; ‘Representations of Canadian wilderness’; ‘Colonial / postcolonial natures’; ’Pollution’; ‘Globalising environments’; ‘The environmental tradition in English literature’.
Chorographies: case studies in region or place
Two topics from the indicative list below will be offered each year: ‘Georgian Bath’; ‘Early modern London’; ‘Gothic London’; ‘Modernism and London’; ‘Writing Los Angeles’; ‘Literary heritage’.
Dissertation / Project
You can opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project. The Project offers you the opportunity to create a different output, and it can take the form of an applied research project (for example, an exhibition for a literary heritage organisation; an electronic resource). This module also includes the opportunity to further pursue links with external organisations and some refresher workshops on research skills.
Typical career destinations include:
Traditional English postgraduate destinations (e.g. Higher Research degree programmes, public and private sector research careers, book and publishing industries)
Environmental sector and ´Green´ careers (e.g. advocacy, communications, charities, education, internships, ecotourism, urban planning)
Heritage and tourism sector (e.g. charities and trusts, visitor centres, private estates, local government, planning, management, communications)
Creative industries (e.g. radio, TV, cable and satellite broadcasters, book publishing, web media, news and magazine media).
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