Taught course

Medieval and Early Modern Textual Cultures, 1381 - 1688

University of East Anglia · School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing (LDC)

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Entry requirements

Degree Subject UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent, any subject.

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Months of entry


Course content

You will read widely across the boundary between medieval and Renaissance cultures. At the heart of the course is an emphasis on the varieties of medieval and early-modern humanism, the complex movement that enabled new understandings of the classical world, of our place within history, and of our relationship to language.

You will work closely with local material and local archival sources. East Anglia was home to an extraordinarily rich literary culture in the medieval and early-modern periods and this has left behind fabulous materials to research. Thousands of early-modern printed books and a small number of important medieval manuscripts are preserved in the Norfolk Heritage Centre.

The core of that collection is the Norwich City Library. Founded in 1608, it’s one of England's most important and best-preserved regional libraries. The Norfolk Record Office holds extraordinary medieval and early-modern manuscripts, which include documentary records of East Anglia’s history, poetry miscellanies, letters, maps, heraldic papers, and more.

Together, these archives bear witness to Norwich's role as a vibrant, cosmopolitan, and religiously diverse international centre of trade and culture. This archival landscape is yours to explore and use to develop your own original research projects.

The MA has a strongly interdisciplinary character. You will explore the range of cutting-edge methods by which scholars are researching the cultures of these periods. You will move freely between texts, material artefacts, and visual art, and will consider how unpublished manuscript evidence can help us to understand the priorities of medieval and early-modern readers.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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