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This pathway consists of a wide range of options offered by the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, with further options from adjacent programmes. Students are able to compile their own combination of modules with advice from their Personal Tutor or the MA Convenor. This MA is especially suitable for those considering further research (MPhil or PhD) but who are undecided about their research area.
Core Modules. For further details about each module, check the list in Appendix 1.
Further Modules (indicative). Programmes offering these modules are shown in brackets. Note that you may only take modules that have the required CATS weighting (check with the department concerned).
● Outcast Ireland (History)
This pathway enables students with interests in Critical Theory to pursue the study of a number of paradigms and currents within the heterogeneous field of contemporary literary and cultural theories as well as a variety of forms of philosophical reflection on literature.
Core Modules. Note that some of these modules are offered as part of other programmes (indicated in brackets) and are not offered every year. Check with the Graduate Secretary.
This pathway explores some of the classic texts of the psychoanalytic tradition, both the conceptual foundations elaborated in its metapsychology and the internal critiques and debates that surround it, together with some of the classical clinical case studies. Unlike academic psychology courses it will do this through an historical and textual approach. Students will be encourages to develop both a detailed, empirical knowledge of the main texts of Freudian metapsychology and as well a ‘symptomatic’ and literary mode of reading them as complex textual objects – as Freud himself reads dreams – whose rhetorical presentation, recurrent metaphors, repetitions and displacements betray their underlying problems and impasses as much as their official themes. Attention will be paid particularly to psychoanalytic models of textuality, fantasy and desire.
This pathway allows students to investigate the Romantic and Victorian periods through a variety of genres and approaches. Students may choose to focus on one period or the other or study the various resonances between the eras. This pathway raises interesting questions about periodization, literary history, and national and literary cultures.
● Travel Literature, Anglo Empires
This pathway allows students to investigate the origins, contexts and aftermath of Modernism, while also examining the explosion of post-World War II writing and cultural production in relation to issues and questions arising from Modernism, Postmodernism, Cultural Studies and contemporary critical theories. It draws on a range of relevant modules in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and in the Faculty of Arts.
a)Foundation Module plus at least two from the Core Modules and up to two from the Further Modules listed below
b)Foundation Module plus two Core Modules and a dissertation on an approved topic
c)Foundation Module plus at least two Core Modules plus up to one from the Further Modules and a dissertation on an approved topic
6. MA in English: Poetry and Poetics Pathway
This pathway is designed to provide a basis for students interested in focusing on poetry and poetics at graduate level, both as a stand-alone MA and as a preparation for doctoral studies in poetry. Taking its cue from recent developments in critical approaches to poetry, prosody, form and aesthetics, the pathway allows students to draw on the range of expertise in poetry across the department and Faculty of Arts. All students enrolled on this pathway must take the foundation module EN973 ‘Poetry and Poetics’, which guides students through major debates in poetry and poetics from the late eighteenth century to the present day, including theories of close listening/reading, music and poetry, poethics, theopoetics, poeticotherapy, and ecopoetics.
Full-time students follow one of three routes:
(1) Poetry and Poetics foundation module (36 CATS) + Introduction to Research Methods (compulsory for all MA pathways) + Optional modules x 4 (36 CATS x 4)
(2) Poetry and Poetics foundation module (36 CATS) + Introduction to Research Methods (compulsory for all MA pathways) + Optional modules x 2 (36 CATS x 2) + Dissertation (72 CATS)
(3) Poetry and Poetics foundation module (30 CATS) + Introduction to Research Methods (compulsory for all MA pathways) + Optional modules x 3 (30 CATS x 3) + Dissertation (60 CATS)
Part-time students follow the pathway over two years:
Year one: Poetry and Poetics foundation module + Introduction to Research Methods + 2 optional modules
Year two: Dissertation OR 2 optional modules
You must take the EN973 Poetry and Poetics foundation module. You are then free to choose any modules from the Department’s list of MA options or from outside of the department, as long as you can show a focus on poetry in your written work. Recommended modules include:
EN927 - Condition of England: Perceptions in Victorian Literature
EN959 – Modernism and Psychoanalysis
EN928 - Poetics of Urban Modernism
EN954 - Romantic Elegy
7.MA in English: Sexuality and Gender Pathway
This pathway allows students to focus their MA degree on the theories, literatures and cultural analyses of gender and sexuality across a range of geographical locations, historical periods and genres.
Core – Foundation Module – see p. 15
Feminist Literary Theory
And at least one from the following list:
Literature of the American Southwest
Psychoanalysis & Cultural Production
Condition of England: Perceptions in Victorian Literature
Poetics of Urban Modernism
Shakespeare & His Sister
Modernism & Psychoanalysis
3. Foundation Module
The Foundation module aims to give MA students orientation in critical theory as well as training in research tools. The Foundation Module is compulsory for all MA students.
The Foundation module consists of two distinct elements:
Introduction to Research Methods, a four-week intensive module focusing on how to conduct research at Warwick, assessed by a short bibliography exercise.
Critical Theory, a term-length module, assessed by a 6000-word essay.
Both elements of the module are compulsory.
Introduction to Research Methods (convened by Dr Rochelle Sibley)
This module introduces students to the basic issues and procedures of literary research, including electronic resources. The Academic Writing Programme offers guidance for MA students on structuring their research, engaging critically with secondary material and planning their dissertation or Long Project. The first seminar (term 1, week 2) will discuss the structure of the dissertation or Long Project, including how to construct a bibliography, and how to establish good writing practice. The second session (term 1, week 5) will focus on research methods and how to demonstrate critical engagement. Sessions are conducted by English Department staff members and by the subject librarian, Mr Peter Larkin.
The seminars will take place in weeks 2-5 of the autumn term. All sessions are on Wednesday afternoons from 1.00-3.00. Full details and venues will available on-line at the beginning of the year. Note that the week 2 and 3 meetings will take place in the Library Training Room (Floor 2). You are asked to complete online training tutorials before each library session using the link below which will be updated over the summer -
Week 2: Bibliography, Style and the Book – Dr Rochelle Sibley (Room F107 – Engineering Block)
Week 3: Resources in Research (i) – Mr. Peter Larkin
Week 4: Resources in Research (ii) – Mr. Peter Larkin
Week 5: How to demonstrate Critical Engagement – Dr Rochelle Sibley (Room F107)
Students will be required to complete a short two-part exercise. Part I will consist of a bibliographical exercise, and Part II of a number of advanced electronic search exercises. Both must be submitted to the English Graduate Secretary by 12 noon on Monday, Week 6. The exercise is marked as Pass/Fail. If you receive a Fail, you will receive appropriate feedback and will be required to resubmit. The award of an MA is contingent upon successful completion of the assessment for this module.
To meet this requirement, students must take one of the following Critical Theory modules. These modules are:
A brief description of each module follows. For complete details, including reading lists and the module outline, see the on-line description.
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