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Early Modern English Literature: Text & Transmission MA

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Combine ground-breaking literary and historical approaches with exclusive behind-the-scenes training at the British Library. This course covers material ranging from early modern race studies and literary geographies to textual editing meaning you will gain a critical understanding of the past to tackle the main challenges of our own time: racial and gender equality, the environment, and social justice. Alongside major canonical authors from this period – William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson – you will encounter a wide range of authors, voices, materials, and critical methods, seeking out neglected and lesser-known voices and using them to put forward your own fresh and challenging re-readings of this fascinating period. Our unique partnership with the British Library means you will become expert in the analysis of rare printed and manuscript material and learn to tell the fascinating life stories of books themselves.

Key benefits

  • Department of English - Research recognised (REF 2021) with 90 per cent overall rating for either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) research and 100 per cent at 4* and 3* for research environment.
  • Unique access to unparalleled collections at the British Library and to the expertise of world-class curators, who will teach a core module and supervise some dissertations.
  • Specialist seminars at King's taught by experts in Shakespeare, Milton, Donne, women’s poetry, textual editing, and book history.
  • A strong tradition of Shakespeare, textual editing and early modern literary studies at King's.
  • Enjoy regular trips to special collections, galleries, and historical sites; drama, poetry, and palaeography reading groups; active workshops including hand-press printing and letterlocking; and regular talks by internationally famous lecturers at the London Shakespeare Centre, London Shakespeare Seminar, the London Renaissance Seminar, Tudor-Stuart Seminar, and many more.
  • A vibrant intellectual culture in the heart of literary London.
  • Walking distance to the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, the Old and Young Vic theatres, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and Covent Garden’s theatre district.
  • A lively, supportive graduate community.

The module taught at the British Library is specially designed to teach students how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide and how to identify the agents involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Our Early Modern English Literature MA is an innovative and exciting partnership between the Department of English at King’s and the British Library.

The course focuses on the transmission of key early modern literary texts, investigating both the circulation of literary texts in manuscript and print and the way they were received. The specific process through which a literary text reaches its readers or its audience is central to its interpretation.

You will learn to read early modern handwriting, to transcribe neglected literary manuscripts and rare printed texts, and to edit them for the modern reader. In focusing on transmission alongside more traditional literary approaches, the course explores the impact of the materiality of the text and of the material conditions of its (re)production on the way it is interpreted.

The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts module, which is taught at the British Library, is specifically designed to teach you how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide, and how to identify the factors and people involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

Teaching

If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with four to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.

If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays and critical commentaries. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take:

    The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
    Dissertation (60 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take two modules, totalling 30 credits, from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

    If you are a part-time student, you will take The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts in your first year along with 15 credits from the list of optional modules above. In your second year you will take Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits), your dissertation (60 credits, Research Methods and Practices (30 credits) and 15 credits of optional modules.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Some of our graduates use their skills and knowledge to pursue PhD level study in the area, leading to a teaching or academic career. Others are ideally placed for jobs in the arts, creative and cultural industries, curatorship and broadcasting.

    Follow us on Instragram @text_and_transmission and see what our lively and supportive graduate community is up to. 

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2021/22)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • library fees and fines
    • personal photocopies
    • printing course handouts
    • society membership fees
    • stationery
    • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    The module taught at the British Library is specially designed to teach students how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide and how to identify the agents involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Our Early Modern English Literature MA is an innovative and exciting partnership between the Department of English at King’s and the British Library.

    The course focuses on the transmission of key early modern literary texts, investigating both the circulation of literary texts in manuscript and print and the way they were received. The specific process through which a literary text reaches its readers or its audience is central to its interpretation.

    You will learn to read early modern handwriting, to transcribe neglected literary manuscripts and rare printed texts, and to edit them for the modern reader. In focusing on transmission alongside more traditional literary approaches, the course explores the impact of the materiality of the text and of the material conditions of its (re)production on the way it is interpreted.

    The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts module, which is taught at the British Library, is specifically designed to teach you how to search collections of early modern manuscripts and rare books held in major research libraries worldwide, and how to identify the factors and people involved in their production, transmission and preservation in libraries and private collections.

    Teaching

    If you are a full-time student, we will provide you with four to six hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 26 hours of independent study.

    If you are a part-time student, we will provide you with two to four hours of teaching each week through lectures and seminars. We will expect you to undertake 13 hours of independent study.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed mainly through written coursework or presentations. Forms of written assessment typically include essays and critical commentaries. Coursework contributes approximately 100% and examinations approximately 0% to your final mark.

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take:

      The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
      Dissertation (60 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take two modules, totalling 30 credits, from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

      If you are a part-time student, you will take The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts in your first year along with 15 credits from the list of optional modules above. In your second year you will take Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits), your dissertation (60 credits, Research Methods and Practices (30 credits) and 15 credits of optional modules.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Some of our graduates use their skills and knowledge to pursue PhD level study in the area, leading to a teaching or academic career. Others are ideally placed for jobs in the arts, creative and cultural industries, curatorship and broadcasting.

      Follow us on Instragram @text_and_transmission and see what our lively and supportive graduate community is up to. 

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2021/22)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • library fees and fines
      • personal photocopies
      • printing course handouts
      • society membership fees
      • stationery
      • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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