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Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission MA


Course Description

Early Modern English Literature taught with the British Library; a unique opportunity to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, in light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts. Ideal foundation for doctoral work and careers in the arts, education, curatorship and broadcasting.

Key Benefits

- A strong tradition of Shakespeare and early modern literary studies at King's

- Unique access to unparalleled collections at the British Library and to the expertise of world-class curators, who will teach the core module and supervise some dissertations

- Close links with the London Shakespeare Seminar, the London Renaissance Seminar, and with the Institute of English Studies

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/early-modern-english-literature-text-and-transmission-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

This MA programme focuses on the transmission of key early modern literary texts makes it unlike any other programme of its kind. Transmission is understood both as the circulation of literary texts in manuscript and print and their reception. Students will therefore learn to read early modern handwriting, to transcribe neglected literary manuscripts and rare printed texts and to edit them for the modern reader.

By focusing on transmission, this MA programme will also make students aware of the impact of the materiality of the text and of the material conditions of its (re)production on its interpretation. The specific process whereby a literary text reaches its readers or its audience is always central to its interpretation.

The core module taught at the British Library is specifically designed to teach students how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide and how to identify the agents involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

- Course purpose -

Early Modern English Literature taught with the British Library; a unique opportunity to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, in light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts. Ideal foundation for doctoral work and careers in the arts, education, curatorship and broadcasting.

- Course format and assessment -

Core and optional modules assessed by coursework, plus a dissertation.

Career propsects:

We expect some students will pursue PhD level study in the area, leading to a teaching or academic career. Other students will be ideally placed for jobs in the arts, creative and cultural industries, curatorship and broadcasting.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Brinda

1990.jpg During my undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, I had the excellent opportunity to study abroad for a term at King's College London. During that time, I was exposed to the university's first-class faculty, highly intelligent peer cohort, and the endless cultural resources that the historic city of London has to offer. As a result of this positive experience, I decided to return to King's for postgraduate study of Early Modern English Literature.

I cannot speak more highly of my course and the incredible learning opportunities it affords – as it is in conjunction with the British Library, my programme at King's offers my classmates and I hands-on access to the primary literature from the Renaissance that we could only discuss in theory before. Additionally, the small size of my cohort makes it very easy to receive one-to-one attention and academic guidance from our outstanding tutors.

Lastly, as I am an international student, and am required to pay a different fee class than home/EU students, King's accommodated this by awarding me postgraduate taught funding. The bursary I received from King's is exceedingly helpful, in that it allows me to make the most of my experience in London by easing the financial burden that higher education inevitably brings about.

After my programme, I plan to work in the publishing or digital communications industry, using the practical training on the book trade acquired by my course module taken at the British Library. I am confident that King's College London’s world renown will significantly bolster my accreditations, whether I remain in the UK or return stateside.


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in English or in a subject in which English plays a significant part; other well-qualified candidates may be considered. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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