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We’ve designed this MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment for students interested in further study or careers in the rapidly expanding green industry. Located in a World Heritage site, you’ll study in the centre of a region rich with literary connections and with some of the finest landscapes in the country.

The MA is founded upon our staff’s expertise and substantial publications record in the areas of ecocriticism; contemporary environmental writing; early modern London; postmodern American cities; and literary journeys in modernist/ postmodernist literature.


You’ll address questions that are increasingly important to modern English literary studies: How does literature reflect humanity’s relationship with ‘Nature’? What makes ‘the country’, ‘the wilderness’ or ‘the city’ what it is? How does literature respond to environmental destruction? Is it influenced by modern environmental movements?

You’ll study issues and approaches regarding representations of various kinds of landscapes. We present you with:

• A wide variety of topics
• A balance between literature pre- and post -1900
• A range of methodologies and approaches

To visit the course blog-site, visit http://literaturelandenvironment.org.uk/


Research: Methods, Resources, Dissemination enables you to make the transition from undergraduate work to researching and writing English studies at postgraduate level. This module will be an introduction to postgraduate- level research strategies alongside the focused study of literary texts.

The Country and the City in History: Examples of strands that we have run before include: ‘The Politics of Place in Early Modern Literature’, ‘The City and the Country Estate’, ‘Contested Sites in City and Country, 1780–1830’. Future offerings might include strands such as ‘Industry and Poetry in the 18th century’ or ‘Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London.’

An example of strands in the Environment Writing and Ecocriticism might include 'Literature Ecology', ‘Culture and Climate Change’, ‘Pollution’, ‘Deep Time and Modernity’, ‘Ecologies of Place’, or 'Place and Planet'.'

An example of strands in the Chorographies: Case Studies in Region or Place module might include 'Pastoral and Urban in Early Modern London', ‘Modernism and London', ‘Culture and Climate Change’, or ‘Pollution.'

In the Dissertation module, you can opt for either a traditional written Dissertation or the Project, an applied research project. The Project offers you the opportunity to create a different output, and it can take the form of an applied research project.

For more information on modules, please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-literature-landscape-and-environment/


Teaching on taught modules will primarily be through seminars. Alternatives to seminars may be offered depending upon the nature of the thematic strand. These could include: skills workshops, field trips, directed research, and independent research associated with the Dissertation or Project.


Assessment will be via essays, proposals, and a final Dissertation or Project.

For more information on assessment please view our course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/media/bathspaacuk/course-handbooks/course-handbooks/PG-Literature-Landscape-and-Environment-Handbook-2016-17.pdf


This MA in Literature, Landscape and Environment was designed with a number of career pathways in mind. Including English postgraduate, environmental sector, heritage and tourism sector and creative industries. Potential careers include: Higher Research degree programmes; advocacy; local government; communications; and book publishing.

Visit the MA Literature, Landscape and Environment page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!






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