Early Modern English Literature: Text and Transmission

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our degree in Early Modern English Literature is taught with the British Library and provides a unique opportunity to study early modern literary works, including Shakespeare, Donne, and Jonson, in the light of recent critical approaches and as print and manuscript material artefacts.

Our MA offers an ideal foundation for doctoral work and careers in the arts, education, curatorship and broadcasting.

Key Benefits:

  • A strong tradition of Shakespeare and early modern literary studies at King's.
  • Unique access to unparalleled collections at the British Library and to the expertise of world-class curators, who will teach the core module and supervise some dissertations.
  • Close links with the London Shakespeare Seminar, the London Renaissance Seminar, the Institute of English Studies, and Lambeth Palace Library.
  • Located in the heart of literary London.

Who should take this course

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.

Minimum 2:1 BA honours degree in English or in a subject in which English plays a significant part; other well-qualified candidates may be considered.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

You are required to take:

  • Working with Early Modern Literary Texts (30 credits)
  • The Material Legacy of Early Modern Literary Texts (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (90 credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take two modules, totalling 40 credits, from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Global/Local Shakespeares (20 credits)
  • Professing Writing in Early Modern England (20 credits)
  • Pre-modern Dialogues: Medieval & Early Modern Literatures in Conversation (20 credits)
  • Theatre, Gender & Culture in Jacobean London (20 Credits)
  • Poetic Movements Modes, Poetic Moods 1660-1800 (20 credits)
  • A range of master's modules offered in the School of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes, subject to approvals.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study.


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About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

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Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

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