This MA offers an intellectually dynamic introduction to one of the most exciting eras in literary history.
Grounded in and administered from the Centre for Studies in the Long Eighteenth Century, this is an interdisciplinary MA programme that builds upon the expertise and common research interests of 18th-century researchers and teachers across the Faculty of Humanities. The Centre provides an excellent research context for the MA programme and any further postgraduate work that will arise from it.
Among the teachers involved in this MA are Jennie Batchelor (English), Jonathan Friday (History and Philosophy of Art), Donna Landry (English), Paddy Bullard (English) and Ben Thomas (History & Philosophy of Art).
The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.
Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. The international standing of the School ensures that we have a lively, confident research culture, sustained by a vibrant, ambitious intellectual community. We also count a number of distinguished creative writers among our staff, and we actively explore crossovers between critical and creative writing in all our areas of teaching and research.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has produced very strong results for the School of English at Kent. With 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, the School is ranked 10th out of 89 English departments in terms of Research Intensity (Times Higher Education). The School also received an outstanding assessment of the quality of its research environment and public impact work.
You take two modules in the autumn term and two in the spring term; two core modules and two optional modules. You are also expected to attend the Faculty and School Research Methods Programmes.
You then write a dissertation or an editorial project between the start of the Summer Term and the end of August.
In the 2014/15 academic year the following two core specialist modules were available: EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eighteenth Century and EN895 - Jane Austen and Material Culture. These should be considered indicative of the types of modules available, which may vary from year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eig (30 credits) HI826 - Literary Undergrounds and Anarchists in the Basement (12 credits) HI874 - Religion and Society in Seventeenth-Century England (30 credits) MT864 - Reading the Medieval Town: Canterbury, an International City (30 credits) MT865 - Encountering the Holy: Devotion and the Medieval Church (30 credits) EN834 - Imagining India (30 credits) EN835 - Dickens, The Victorians and the Body (30 credits) EN836 - Dickens and the Material Culture of the Victorian Novel (30 credits) EN842 - Reading the Contemporary (30 credits) EN850 - Centres and Edges: Modernist and PostcolonialQuest Literature (30 credits) EN852 - Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses (30 credits) EN857 - Body and Place in the Postcolonial Text (30 credits) EN862 - Contemporary Arab Novel (30 credits) EN865 - Post-45: American Literature and Culture in the Cold War Era (30 credits) EN866 - The Awkward Age: Transatlantic Culture and Literature in Transition, 18 (30 credits) EN872 - Provocations and Invitations (30 credits) EN876 - Dickens and the Condition of England (30 credits) EN888 - Extremes of Feeling: Literature and Empire in the Eighteenth Century (30 credits) EN889 - Literary Theory (30 credits) EN897 - Advanced Critical Reading (30 credits) EN818 - American Modernism 1900-1930 (Teaching Period I) (30 credits)
Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12-15,000-word dissertation.
This programme aims to:
- extend and deepen through coursework and research your understanding of eighteenth-century literary, visual and material culture and its political and cultural contexts
- develop your understanding of, and engagement with, the critical and methodological paradigms that inform the field of eighteenth-century studies today
- develop your independent critical thinking and judgement.
- introduce you to the research methods that facilitate advanced study in the field
- provide a basis in knowledge and skills for those intending to teach eighteenth-century studies, especially in higher education
- provide an interdisciplinary context for the study of eighteenth-century literary, visual and material culture.
- develop your ability to argue a point of view with clarity and cogency, both orally and in written form
- provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
- develop your research skills to the point where you are ready to undertake a research degree.
Many career paths can benefit from the writing and analytical skills that you develop as a postgraduate student in the School of English. Our students have gone on to work in academia, journalism, broadcasting and media, publishing, writing and teaching; as well as more general areas such as banking, marketing analysis and project management.