Taught course

English Studies: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism

Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd class Honours degree in English or such related fields as history, cultural studies and media studies. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.5. Applicants without formal qualifications can be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA English Literature: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Romanticism pathway takes a truly interdisciplinary approach, and explores the history of genres, philosophy, politics, history, and visual culture, amongst other topics.

In this pathway, we consider the popular culture of coffee house and tavern, the political world on the street and in parliament, the vocations of women poets and polemicists, polite society and its interests in the management of emotions and arts, epistolary culture, religious dissent, and the metropolitan life of London. We examine Romantic poetics and manifestos, the theoretical and political growth of philosophical and cultural enlightenment, Orientalism, travel, the French Revolution and its aftershocks.

This pathway aims to prepare students to formulate a research topic, identify research materials, and present an argument in written and oral form that is formed by alternative interpretations. Students who complete the pathway will be aware of the interdisciplinary debates concerning the literature and history of this period, and will have engaged with a variety of materials: theoretical, visual, historical, and literary. You will also be able to deploy a range of appropriate skills in research, bibliography, and IT.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
N/A months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months
N/A months

Course contact details

School of English and Drama
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