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MA in European Gothic and Romantic Studies


This course is aimed at students with an interest in the period 1770-1830 who wish to explore in more detail than is possible at undergraduate level the literary migration of ideas and texts at that time, especially across western Europe. This MA is unique in that it offers such a wide range of modern languages modules, and is currently the only UK-based MA to emphasize European Romantic writing both in translation and the original language. For this reason, a reading knowledge of one of French, German or Italian is desirable, although not necessary for successful completion of the course. Students will be based in the School of Modern Languages but may take modules from other departments in the Faculty. This is a taught MA with a significant research component in the form of a compulsory dissertation, and so may be especially suited to students who are interested in pursuing PhD work in the field of comparative literatures. All tutors on the MA would welcome interested and suitably qualified students to follow their MA with PhD study at the University of Warwick.

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The Course

The MA in European Gothic and Romantic studies may be taken either full-time or part-time. The part-time option is offered over two years; students taking the MA part-time are normally required to take the Core Module and Research Methods in their first year. The full-time MA structure normally comprises:

Term 1:

Core Module: LN909: Introduction to European Gothic and Romantic studies

Tutors: variously Dr Michael Meeuwis (English Literature and Comparative Studies), Prof Kate Astbury (French), Dr. James Hodkinson (German Literature), Dr. Fabio Camilletti (Italian Literature)

Research Methods: LN906: Research Skills in Modern Languages

(30 CATS Option Module if only available in Term 1)

Term 2:

Two 30 CATS Option Modules

(One 30 CATS Option Module only where a 30 CATS Option Module has already been taken in Term 1)

Term 3 and summer:

FR931-75: Dissertation

For each option students will write an essay of 5000 words (Research Methods is assessed by an extended bibliographical exercise). The Dissertation is planned over Terms 1 and 2 and written in Term 3 and the summer vacation. Supervisors will be assigned by the end of Term 1 and supervision continues through the end of Term 3. Students use the summer for final revisions and writing up.

All students take the MA's core module, Introduction to European Gothic and Romantic Studies and a module on research methods. The other two options are chosen from the list below (please note that this list is subject to change):

GE913-30: German Romanticism Dr. James Hodkinson (German)

*Telling Ghost Stories in a Post-Revolutionary Age Dr. Fabio Camilletti (Italian Literature)* to be taken as an Advanced Study Option

CW913 Historical Fictions, Fictional Histories Professor Maureen Freely

HI920-30: Politics and Opinion in Hanoverian Britain Dr. Sarah Richardson (History)

HI916-30: Consumption and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain Dr Charles Walton (History)

Relevant Philosophy, English, and language modules as available

LN908-30: The Lure of Italy Prof Kate Astbury (French)

FR917-30: Reason and Revolution in Eighteenth-Century France Prof Kate Astbury (French)

This is a taught MA with a significant research component in the form of a compulsory Dissertation. The course will involve 35 hours of work per week, typically comprising 4 hours of seminar teaching, up to 1 hour of tutoring and 30 hours of independent study over Terms 1 and 2; in Term 3, which is focused on the Dissertation, you will typically have a weekly average of one hour of one-to-one supervision and 34 hours of independent study.

To Apply

Entry requirements are a 2:1 or equivalent degree in a cognate discipline (eg languages, English literature, History, etc). Please note that we currently require an IELTS score of at least 7.0 rather than 6.5. Questions and queries about the application procedure can be addressed to questions about the academic content of the programme can be addressed to Professor Katherine Astbury :

The deadline for applications for our taught postgraduate courses is the 5th August immediately preceding commencement of study.