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English (Master of Arts part 1) (A815)

This Master's-level course is divided into 2 broad sections; in the 1st and longer section students explore 5 clusters of major literary texts, from the ancient past right up to the present; these clusters have been chosen to exemplify some of the complex and fascinating ways in which certain literary themes, personae or narratives have circulated within and across widely differing contexts and periods; students consider, for example, the phenomenon of rewrites and adaptations of literary texts in different genres, languages and media; this includes study not only of their critical reception, but of their material production, distribution and dissemination; students are encouraged to bring a range of relevant theoretical approaches to literary texts and become aware of the ways in which these approaches themselves have histories, and are practised within institutional frameworks; the 2nd and shorter section of the course continues the exploration of literary circulations across boundaries, and the adaptation and recreation of texts in a range of different media' its main focus, however, is on issues of literary history and book history, with reference to 2 very different literary texts: Byron's satirical poem Don Juan and Kipling's novel Kim.

Entry requirements

UK Honours degree (or equivalent).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning October 2016 - 16 months
MA Distance learning October 2016 - 16 months

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