Masters | Postgraduate Course - English Literary Studies: Enlightenment to Romanticism MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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English Literary Studies: Enlightenment to Romanticism MA

Study Details

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The Enlightenment to Romanticism Pathway explores the development of two major forms of cultural expression in the long eighteenth century (1680-1830). This period saw not only the growth of modern forms of political organisation, consumer society and public and private spheres, but also the birth of modern understandings of subjectivity. The century’s conflicts between the enlightenment rationality and a culture of feeling and sensibility, its optimistic celebration of scientific progress and its worries about cultural and environmental decay, and its excited debates about gender and sexuality, were constitutive of our contemporary cultural understanding and speak urgently to current concerns.

The pathway will situate emergent forms of narrative and poetic practice within this cultural matrix, showing how literature helped to create and critique a new world-view associated with the rise of capitalism. We strongly recommend that anyone intending to do a PhD in the area of eighteenth-century or Romanticist literature and culture take at least two modules in the field, and register for the pathway.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • EASM023 Dissertation 60

Optional modules

  • EGLS MA English Literary Studies optional modules 2018/9
  • EASM150 Empire, Decadence and Modernity: Literature 1870-1910 30
  • EASM109 Bodies Politic: Cultural and Sexual Politics in England, 1603-1679 30
  • EASM100 The Cultures of American Modernism 30
  • EASM157 The Literature of Cold War America 30
  • EASM152 Criticism and Theory: Critical and Literary Theory in a Global Context 30
  • EASM099 Making Progress? Literature in a Changing Environment 30
  • EASM106 Criticism and Theory: Current Debates 30
  • EASM142 Revival and Return: Using the Past from Pope to Keats 30
  • EASM128 From Orientalism to Globalisation: Debates in Postcolonial Studies 30
  • EAFM081 Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music 30
  • EASM167 World Cinema / World Literature 30
  • EAFM088 Sense, Sensation and Cinema 30
  • EASM160 Renaissance Space 30
  • EASM154 The Body and Identity 30
  • EASM154 The Body and Identity 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent, preferably in English (which is defined as English Literature, English and American Studies, etc.) or related disciplines (which are defined as Film Studies, Drama, Creative Writing).

Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence of a very high standard of written English.

NOTE: applicants with degrees in English language only do not meet the standard criteria.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

An English degree is a uniquely versatile qualification valued by employers for the combination of communication and analytical skills as well as combining an understanding of literature and media in a historical and cultural context. For some of our students the MA is a step on the path to doctoral study, for others it opens up a range of career paths in areas such as teaching, publishing, media, journalism, advertising and communications.

In recent years the positions some of our graduates have gone on to include:

- Copywriter
- Marketing Assistant
- Assistant Editor
- Publishing Assistant
- Editorial Assistant
- Freelance Journalist
- Writer