The Romantic movement has traditionally been seen to dominate the aesthetic and literary output of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but recent critical and historical scholarship has emphasized the range and diversity of contemporary literary forms and styles of writing which cannot comfortably be treated as though they were part of that movement.
By examining the selected literary and aesthetic works in the light of the historical circumstances in which they were produced, the MA offers participants the chance to develop a broad view of the major changes in sensibility and ideology of the period, and to investigate such contemporary issues as:
By setting Romantic and Sentimental writings alongside each other, this MA offers students an opportunity to find their own paths through the literary and cultural history of the period.
You will develop an understanding of:
The programme is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught modules (one compulsory, three option), a research skills training programme, and a research dissertation.
Available option modules may include:
Further options can be chosen from a rich array offered by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, including interdisciplinary options.
Option modules will vary from year to year according to staff availability, and will run subject to minimum numbers. Option modules may also be taken in other arts and humanities departments.
The Department has established a postgraduate ERASMUS exchange with the literature departments of the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. Students selected by these departments from Paris and Bologna should apply to the University of York for acceptance on to the MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature.
Please mark all applications Visiting Graduate Programme (ERASMUS). The host department in this case is the Department of English and Related Literature.
Initial enquiries should be directed to Emma Major (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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How to apply
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