Our MA course offers an opportunity to deepen your passion for English literature and engage with the most up-to-date disciplinary debates. Based upon established models of scholarship, this programme moves between the study of single authors, literary genres, thematic threads and literary periods. This MA is designed around your development as a reader and researcher of literature; as a critical and reflective scholar; and as a communicator and presenter of knowledge. It invites you to contribute to the discussions, debates, and projects that are transforming the discipline now.
This MA programme combines current scholarly investigation with the promotion of transferrable academic and professional skills. BGU is a single campus institution with a proud history of educational excellence and an active research culture. As a prospective MA student, you can be assured of the high quality of our teaching within a friendly and supportive academic community. We are also passionate that during this course you will be able to build a strong rapport with your tutors and peers, and gain an all-round excellent experience at achieving your MA.
If you are a member of our Alumni Association BG Generations, you may be eligible for a discount on our Masters courses. For full details click here.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date: September
Typical Offer: Obtained, or predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in an English related subject (or equivalent)
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: Apply through BGU
About the MA in English Literature at BGU
This Master course is ideal if you wish to broaden and extend your engagement with English Literature. You will explore a range of literary genres, approaches, and themes within a post-Enlightenment context, from 1780 to the present day. You will gain advanced knowledge of English literature, powers of literary critical analysis, research, independent scholarship, and knowledge transfer through excellent communication skills. The course will equip you with highly sought-after organisational, project-managing, delivery, liaison, problem-solving, and interaction skills.
What You Will Study
You will examine a variety of theories, forms, and frameworks, stretching from the late 18th Century to the present day, through research-led modules. Two team-taught modules uncover new and darker sides to literature, as well as innovative ways to interpret the past and the present through different perspectives. Framing Genre, Thematic Threads, The Author in Focus, and Literature in Time are modules studying selected authors, literary periods, genres and themes. You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in a variety of written and verbal assignments. The final dissertation gives you the space to push your literary passion further individually.
Throughout this Master course you will be offered individual, independent modules delivered through a flexible timetable (which can also accommodate a part-time study route). It provides diversity in both content and structure, with longer modules offering breadth and scope, complemented by specialist modules providing depth and focus. You will be able to tailor the assessment according to your own interests, and produce your individual dissertation.
Below is indicative of the modules that may run in 2015/16:
|Semester 1 (September – January)|
|Theorising Literature: Critical Frameworks||Literature in Time:
The Literature and Culture of the 1980’s
|Semester 2 (February – April / May)|
|The Dark Side of Literature: The Gothic and Death||Author in Focus:
Tennyson’s Legacy and a Family’s Archive
Paper Houses in Contemporary Women’s Writing
|Semester 3 (May – September)|
Teaching will be based on independent research tasks feeding into regular small group seminar sessions. Through a combination of expert commentary and critical discussion, students will acquire the skills and frameworks required for a range of oral, written and research-oriented assessments. These literary assessments will develop advanced communication and presentation skills for a multiplicity of professional future
You would normally be expected to have, or predicted to have, at least a 2.2 Honours degree in English Literature or a related discipline.
If you hold another degree at a 2.2 or above, depending upon the content, you will be asked to demonstrate sufficient subject knowledge relating to the programme content. This would be assessed at interview and application.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Careers and Further Study
This Masters course will prepare you for a variety of professions that depend on advanced critical, literary and analytical skills, and also depend on the sophisticated communication and research abilities you will gain. Careers such as:
- Professional Writing
- Academia (through a PhD)
However, a Masters in English need not result in a career specifically tied to the subject. Our graduates will also be in a strong position to move into occupations relating to:
- Public Relations
- Employment in the Civil Service
Fees and Funding
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How To Apply
For the following MA Programmes, you must apply directly to BGU (Admissions). Please click on your chosen course for the relevant application form and information:
MA in Community Archaeology MA in Education (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your interest in this course before completing the Application Form)
MA in Education with TESOL (please contact email@example.com to discuss your interest in this course before completing the Application Form)
MA in English Literature
MA in Health and Social Care
MA in Heritage Education
MA in History
MA in Theology
Please send your applications to the following address:
Bishop Grosseteste University
Dr Claudia Capancioni – Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer
Dr Claudia Capancioni teaches nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature in modules such as History of Fiction, Literature and Identity and Reading Myths, Telling Stories. She previously taught Victorian literature and Modernism at the University of Hull where she was awarded her Ph.D.
Dr Jon Begley – Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Jon Begley specialises in the undergraduate teaching of twentieth and twenty-first century British and American Literature. Jon’s research is primarily in the field of the contemporary British novel whilst his teaching is founded upon a commitment to student interaction and the potential benefits of emerging technologies. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and prior to joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2006, Jon lectured at the University of Leicester and University College Northampton.
Dr Cassie Ulph – Lecturer in English
Cassie’s research focusses on the literature and culture of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and she has particular interests in the works (and networks) of Frances Burney and Hester Piozzi, in female literary professionalism, artistic and intellectual sociability, and literary biography. She has worked on RCUK-funded projects including the Creative Communities AHRC Network at the University of Leeds, and the Leverhulme-funded Networks of Improvement project at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York. Cassie has held visiting fellowships at the Burney Centre, McGill University (2016), and the Houghton Library, Harvard University (2016-17). Cassie has organised a number of international conferences, including Gendering the Book in the Long Eighteenth Century (Leeds, 2014) and the 2016 conference of the Burney Society (UK) at the University of Durham.
Dr Sibylle Erle – Senior Lecturer in English
Dr Sibylle Erle is a Senior Lecturer in English who specialises in the undergraduate teaching of eighteenth and nineteenth literature. Her research is primarily in the field of Romanticism and visual culture. She has been teaching at Bishop Grosseteste University since 2006. She has been a Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations (Queen Mary, University of London) and over the last ten years, has taught for The Open University, Nottingham Trent, Birkbeck, Warwick and Moscow State University.
Dr Ian Mitchell
Dr Ian Mitchell specialises in the undergraduate teaching of the Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature module and his research is primarily in this period, particularly the plays of Middleton, Webster and Ford. His teaching is committed to fostering strong student engagement and discussion and to highlight plays as theatrical as well as literary texts. During his time at Grantham College he has taught English Literature, English Language, Theatre Studies and Media Studies, and has directed many drama productions including plays by Middleton, Wycherley and Lorca.
Head of School
Dr Andrew Jackson – Head of School of Humanities
Dr Andrew Jackson is the Head of the School of Humanities. Andrew is a historian with current research interests that include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history. He also engages in consultancy and project work relating to community history and heritage, digitisation and e-learning. Andrew joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2007, following ten years at the University of Exeter.
Andrew contributes to the teaching of the undergraduate subject of History, Masters programmes in Heritage Education and Community Archaeology, and the Doctoral programme in Education. Andrew’s teaching interests include: rural, urban and landscape history; local and regional history; historical and cultural geography; country houses and garden history; archives and history education; heritage and community identity; Lincolnshire’s history and heritage; and Devon history.
June 20th - Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the 19th Century
The nineteenth century witnessed a surge of enthusiasm for visiting places associated with authors and their works, and a related interest in the preservation and consecration of authors’ houses. In 1847 one of the worlds most famous sites of literary tourism, the birthplace of William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon, was purchased and established by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, while the first blue plaque was introduced in 1867 to mark the birthplace of Lord Byron. What did visitors to literary graves, houses and landscapes seek to experience and how was this mediated by the spaces themselves? How do writers’ houses ‘place’ the author: canonically, within a particular space and time, and in the promotion of a carefully curated image of the author?
This conference addresses topics including:
- Constructions of space and myths of creation
- Preservation and/or transformation
- Visiting and visitors: expectations, experiences, and realities
- Interpretations and reinterpretations
- Relics, authenticity, souvenirs
- Dwelling and indwelling
The conference is open to postgraduates, ECRs and academics working in the fields of literature, history, history of art, human geography, cultural studies, and museum studies. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are: Professor Helen Rees Leahy, Director, Centre for Museology, University of Manchester, and Professor Nicola J. Watson, The Open University.
For more information, conference’s programme and blog, visit https://placingtheauthor.wordpress.com/
The organisers of this event are:
Dr Amber Pouliot (Bishop Grosseteste University)
Dr Claire Wood (University of York)
Joanna Taylor (PhD candidate, University of Keele)
– See more at: http://www.bishopg.ac.uk/study/courses/maenglit/#sthash.edi0Ah3s.dpuf
July 24th: George Meredith and his Circle
This two day event will welcome to Lincoln scholars from all over the world who have an interest in George Meredith.
Meredith was a writer of both the Victorian and Modern periods, who by the end of his life had been awarded the Order of Merit and followed Tennyson as President of the Society of Authors. His work remains consistently at the forefront of nineteenth century literary studies, with such works as the novels ‘The Ordeal of Richard Feverel’ (1859), ‘The Egoist’ (1879) and the long sonnet-sequence ‘Modern Love’, supposedly based on his painful abandonment by his first wife.
Our confirmed key-note speaker is Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), who is one of the foremost scholars in reaffirming Meredith’s position in Victorian Studies. Her most recent publication on Meredith was part of ‘The Mind of the Child’ (2010) and her current project, ‘The Diseases of Modern Life’, supported by the European Commission, continues to enhance our understanding of Meredith’s role in the Victorian age.
This conference has been organised by Drs Claudia Capancioni and Alice Crossley, Senior Lecturers in the English department. If you would like more information or attend this conference, please contact Dr Claudia Capancioni and Dr Alice Crossley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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