Studying the MLitt in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture
The MLitt in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture allows students to devote a year to the study of one of the most exciting and formative periods in European history, centred on the key writer in the English literary tradition, William Shakespeare.
The structure of the Shakespeare and Renaissance Literary Culture MLitt combines core modules and optional elements, permitting students to pursue their own scholarly interests within an overall framework.
What you'll study
The core modules of the MLitt are:
- Learned Culture: Rhetoric, Politics and Identity. This module explores the influence of Renaissance humanism and the implications of its distinctive interest in rhetoric for 16th- and 17th-century culture.
- Renaissance Popular Culture. Complementing the focus of Learned Culture: Rhetoric, Politics and Identity’s on elite contexts, this module looks at the popular culture of the period: popular festivity, clowning, jestbooks, ballads, romances and grotesquerie.
- Shakespeare and Textual Culture. This module considers the material contexts of Renaissance literary production. Topics covered include: manuscript, print, speech, and the editing of Renaissance texts
- The Continental Renaissance. This module deals with the relationship between English and European writing of the period; all foreign language texts will be taught in translation.
Students are asked to take at least three of these core modules.
At least 20 credits are always left free for optional modules: either a Special Topic, a core module from a different English MLitt, or a module outwith English altogether.
The Special Topic gives students the opportunity to develop as researchers within a specific area of study. These modules combine student’s individual interests with staff research expertise. Examples of recent specialist modules include:
- Reading Bodies and Minds in Early Modern England
- Marvell and Print Culture
- Tragedy: Before and After Shakespeare
- EcoCritical Spenser
The MLitt concludes with the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation.