The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; early modern London; postmodern American cities; and literary journeys in modernist/ postmodernist literature.
You’ll address questions that are increasingly important to modern English literary studies: How does literature 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?
You’ll study issues and approaches regarding representations of various kinds of landscapes. We present you with:
a wide variety of topics;
a balance between literature pre- and post-1900;
a range of methodologies and approaches.
Alongside the course’s focus on literature, you’ll engage with real landscapes and environments, such as an 18th century country estate; London; the Eden Project; Quantock Hills; and Hardy country.
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 – which is available full-time or part-time – consists of the following modules: one 30 credit research methods module; three 30 credit core modules; one 60 credit dissertation/project module.
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.
The Country and the City in History
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature’, ‘The City and the Country Estate’, ‘Contested Sites in City and Country, 1780–1830’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Industry and Poetry in the 18th century’ or ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London.’
Environmental Writing and Ecocriticism
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Culture and Climate Change’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Deep Time and Modernity’, ‘Ecologies of Place’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Literature and Ecology’ or ‘Place and Planet.’
Chorographies: case studies in region or place
Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘Early Modern London’, Built by Water: Lisbon, Istanbul, New York’, ‘’Writing the West Country’, and ‘Writing Scotland’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘ ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London’, or ‘Modernism and London.’
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; a digital resource). This module will also include the opportunity to further pursue links with external organisations and some refresher workshops on research skills.
English postgraduate destinations
Higher Research degree programmes; public and private sector research careers; book and publishing industries.
Environmental sector and ‘Green’ careers
Advocacy; communications; charities; education; internships; ecotourism; urban planning.
Heritage and tourism sector
Charities and trusts; visitor centres; private estates; local government; planning; management; communications.
Creative industries: Radio; TV; cable and satellite broadcasters; book publishing; web media; news and magazine media.
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