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MA Modules 2023-24

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.

Semester 1 2023

Core Modules:

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

Queer Studies Across Disciplines (core module for MA in Queer Studies)

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)

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


Option Modules:

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

Comprehending Nature in the Middle Ages

Cold War Cultures: Literature, Film and Theory in Cold War Europe

Cosmopoetics: Renaissance Science and Poetry

Chaucer, Arabic Learning & the East

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

Narrative, Fiction, Theory 

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

The Making of Modern Poems: A Workshop

The Sickness of Style

"They've Gotta Have Us": African American Film and Literature after 1960

Wollstonecraft to Jane Austen: Femininity & Literary Culture


Semester 2 2024

Auteures: Gender, Power & Authorship in Film and Literature

Bad Feelings: Negative Affect in Contemporary Literature

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

Fashion and Material Culture in the Eighteenth Century

Fictions of Audacity: Middle English Popular Romance

Four Nations of British Poetry: 1845 - 1940

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

Letterpress Printing

New Module: 'Prose of the World': Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Subjects in Nineteenth-Century Britain and the Empire

Queer Encounters in Global Literatures and Cultures

Reading Dante's Comedy: Text & Context

Representing the City, 1750-1850

New Module: Shakespeare, Queer, and Transgender Theory

Viking Poetry

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.