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This pathway is designed to provide a basis for students interested in focusing on poetry and poetics at graduate level, both as a stand-alone MA and as a preparation for doctoral studies in poetry. Taking its cue from recent developments in critical approaches to poetry, which have sought to re-privilege questions of form and aesthetics, the pathway is not historically bound and allows students to draw on the range of expertise in poetry across the department and Faculty of Arts.
Depending on the assessment route chosen by the individual student, between 2-5 optional modules are taken, one of which should be EN973 Poetry and Poetics. Students may choose from any modules in the faculty that have a strong poetry component: recommended modules are listed here. Students will be advised of which modules are available to them prior to enrollment. For a list of all the modules that the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies offers, click here. Students who opt for the Dissertation should focus their project on poetry and/or poetics.
This is the foundational module for the Poetry and Poetics pathway: it guides students through major debates in poetry and poetics from the late eighteenth century to the present day, moving from the Romantic and Victorian development of prosody to recent developments in 'neo'-formalism or the 'new' lyric studies.
Contact the convenor, Emma Mason, for more information.