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MA Modules 2022-23

Core modules are compulsory for the named MA programme but can also be taken by students from other programmes as an option module.  

Module choice forms will be distributed in late August. There may be the opportunity to take modules offered by other departments. Please contact the relevant department for more information. Students from outside English should contact if they wish to take a module. You can view the timetable for an individual module via the Timetabling Gateway 

Please note that modules may not run if they are undersubscribed, and ballots may need to be held for modules that are oversubscribed.  You may change your mind about the modules you choose, before they start.

Autumn Term 2022

Core Modules:

Transforming Worlds: The Interdisciplinary Eighteenth Century (core module for MA in Eighteenth Century Studies, offered by the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies)

Critical Approaches to the Creative Industries (core module for MA Literature in the Creative and Cultural Industries)

Debating Global Literary Culture (core module for MA in Global Literature and Culture

Film/Literature Encounters (core module for MA in Film and Literature)‌‌

Framing the Contemporary (core module for MA in Culture and Thought After 1945, offered by the Centre for Modern Studies)

Poetry and Poetics (core module for MA in Poetry and Poetics

Questioning the Victorians (core module for MA in Victorian Literature & Culture)

Reading Modernity (core module for MA in Modern Contemporary Literature & Culture)

Romantic Texts and Contexts (core module for MA in Literature of the Romantic Period)

Shakespeare (core module for MA in Renaissance Literature 1500-1700)


Option Modules:

Black Is/Black Ain't: Race & Speculation in the American Imaginary

Chaucer, Arabic Learning & the East

Early Film: Emergence of a Narrative Medium

England in Europe: Literary Culture: from Alfred the Great Ælfric

Greening the Renaissance. Theology, Science & the Natural World, 1600 - 1700

Out of Time: Sexuality, Textuality & the Queer Temporal Turn

The Comedy of Difference: Britishness & Otherness

The Sickness of Style

The Translation of the World: Reading the Global Nineteenth Century


Spring Term 2023

Auteures: Gender, Power & Authorship in Film and Literature

Back to Babylon: Queer Theory, Genre, and Hollywood's Golden Age (1930 - 1950)

Can the Madwoman Escape the Attic?: Race, Slavery, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction 

Contemporary Women's Writing: Bodies, Health, Voices

Four Nations of British Poetry: 1845 - 1940

Gothic Bodies

Healing, Harming, Feeling: Medical Hermeneutics in Early Modern Literature

Letterpress Printing

Literature, Medicine & Metropolis 1785 - 1850

Modern Theatre and the Political Imagination 

Poetry and the Technologies of Text

Sugar, Subjectivity, Sexuality & Style: The Fiction of Elizabeth Bowen

The Medieval Book

Viking Poetry

Voicings and Revoicings: Old English Poetry and its Modern Afterlives

Why Read Literature?: Lessons from the Renaissance (& Beyond)

Writing Worlds: Power, Publishing and Resistance 

Modules offered by other departments

Please contact the relevant department for more information, and indicate on your Module Choice Form which module you wish to take.