Teaching: Postgraduate

The MA in English Literature at Cardiff offers exciting opportunities for students to expand their intellectual horizons while gaining advanced subject knowledge and developing sophisticated research, writing and analytical skills. Composed of a stimulating programme of research-led modules, the programme enables students to engage with some of the key cultural, theoretical, historical and political contexts informing literary research at postgraduate level.

The following list provides a listing of modules focusing on the period 1680 to 1840, offered on the MA in English Literature programme at Cardiff University in the 2014/15 academic session. More information about these modules is available on the MA in English Literature module descriptions webpage.

  • Gothic and Gender (Dr Becky Munford) explores the various ways in which women writers have developed and engaged with a Gothic aesthetic. With reference to the genre’s historical, cultural and theoretical contexts, it will examine how particular manifestations of the Gothic might be understood in relation to wider aesthetic innovations (Romanticism, Decadence, Modernism, etc.).
  • Life Writing (Dr Melanie Bigold) aims to historicize and theorize biographical and autobiographical forms and their textual presentation of a life. At the same time, we will explore how the developmental narrative of a life (from early childhood through to old age) has emerged as the dominant national form and examine the current scholarly interest in the critical afterlife of lives.
  • Romanticism and Revolution, 1789–1805 (Prof. Damian Walford Davies, Dr James Castell & Dr Sophie Coulombeau): Focusing on the response of the first generation Romantics to revolutionary change, crisis and terror, this module explores the interface between literature and radical culture in, and beyond, the seminal decade of the 1790s. It introduces students to the radical and reactionary energies of the period, dealing with such topics as protest, surveillance, state persecution and exile.
  • Romantic Women’s Writing, 1789–1830 (Dr Jane Moore) offers in-depth study of the poetry, drama and fiction by a number of the most exciting women writers of the Romantic period, among them Jane Austen, Charlotte Smith, Joanna Baillie, Mary Robinson, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Felicia Hemans. The module also examines the relationship between gender and genre in the context of questions of canonicity and literary influence.
  • The Dissertation allows students to undertake independent research and writing, on a topic within the subject area of English literature, with the guidance of a supervisor. Students attend weekly Research Methods and Scholarly Presentation workshops which provide an introduction to research methodology, bibliography and presentation.

In addition to the modules above, the range of subjects with this period focus also included previously convened modules such as Bibliography and Textual Studies, The Literature Industry: Authors/Readers/Texts and The Popular Novel in the Age of Austen. It is intended that these modules, or very similar ones, will run again in forthcoming sessions.

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