Research course

Early Modern, 18th Century and Romantic Period Literature

Open University · Department of English

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Early Modern period research is under the Open University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group. This group brings together staff from a variety of disciplines across Arts and Humanities at The Open University, including Art History, Classical Studies, English, History and Music. We have wide-ranging expertise in social, political, religious and cultural developments of the medieval and early modern periods. Our research interests embrace a broad geographical area, covering developments across Europe and further afield.

The group fosters a supportive environment within which staff and students can develop, exchange and collaborate in their studies of the medieval and early modern periods. Our research has been presented in numerous individual and collaborative publications and we are involved in several major research projects at the university. We also promote medieval and early modern studies through The Open University’s undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and welcome applications for MPhil and PhD studies concerning the primary research interests of our group.

18th century and Romantic period research is part of the The Romantic Period Research Group, which was set up in early 2010. Members of the group publish in the field of late eighteenth century and romantic period culture. Particular interests include travel-writing and literary tourism; romantic women writers; slavery and slave-narratives; the romantic book; romanticism and material culture; Godwin and his circle; the radical 1790s thinker Henry Redhead Yorke; popular attitudes to the monarchy; late eighteenth-century portraiture; sentimentalism; Tobias Smollett; Scottish Enlightenment writing; and the relationship of philosophy and literature. Read the report on our latest event 1814: war, peace and publication.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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