University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Literature and Culture (1700-1900)

This course allows you to focus on work in both the 18th and 19th centuries or to concentrate more fully on a shorter time period within them. While the focus is on literary texts, this is an interdisciplinary course enabling you to investigate various aspects of the interactions between literature and other contemporary cultural forms and intellectual debates. Our options explore the relationship between literary and visual culture and various aspects of cultural discourse including developments in science and evolutionary theory, the history of sexuality, debates on culture, psychology and sexology, religion and anthropology.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Full-time courses can also be followed part time over two years, with taught seminars in the autumn and spring terms. Autumn and spring terms: you take 4 options from a list that may include: culture and intellect in the 19th century; Dickens; image and text 1780-1880; the fin de siècle; the history of domesticity: literature, public and private, 1700-1800. Summer term: supervised work on the MA dissertation.

Assessment methods

You are assessed by four 5000-word term papers and a dissertation of 15000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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