Early Modern Exchanges: Methods, Histories, Cultures
Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Taught by a variety of tutors (changes year on year)
Time & Location: Wednesdays, 12am - 2pm, B30, 25 Gordon Square (except weeks 4 and 5 in Term 2)
Assessment: The first term is assessed through a 4000 word annotated bibliography / literature review defining a subject area that will become the focus of the dissertation. The second term will be assessed by one 4000 word essay.
Module Description: The
first term is devoted to deepening students' understanding of this
crucial period and enhancing their research skills, developing critical,
conceptual and historiographical awareness, alongside paleography,
bibliography and book history skills. This will enhance students'
ability to work with early modern images, material culture and
sources. This term will provide training in skills critical for
research, enabling students to work with
manuscripts, early printed books, letters, state papers and so on as
well as introducing research methodologies relevant to the object of
study (text, image, object or historical source).
the second term students examine a variety of early modern European
literatures, histories and cultures and think about the range and
diversity of approaches,
methodologies and subjects crucial to an understanding of the early
In addition students take two options in each term or two options over both terms (worth 15 or 30 credits each to a total of 60 credits), as well as doing a 18,000 word dissertation (90 credits).
A full list of course options is available on MA Art History pages.
A full list of course options is available on the History Department's MA pages.
- Enlightenment Histories: Historical Representation in Enlightenment Thought and Culture
- Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
- Signs, Mind and Society: Early Modern Theories of Language
- The Public Sphere in Britain, 1476-1800
- Transnational Cultural Exchange
- Russian Monarchy: Court Ritual and Political Ideas 1498 - 1917
A full list of the options available through languages departments is available from the School of European Languages, Cultures and Society MA pages.
- Approaches to the Reception of the Classical World
- Digital Resources in the Humanities
- Historical Bibliography
- Manuscript Studies
- Modern Literary Theory (taking Postcolonialism seminar)
- Comparative Literary Studies (taking Exoticism, Colonialism, Religion and Confrontations with History in Modernist Drama or Men on the Moon seminars)
- Shakespeare's Afterlives
- Shakespeare in his Time
It is also possible to take options, subject to availability and approval, through the School of Advanced Study's MA in the History of the Book, the Warburg's MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300 - 1650 and Queen Mary/UCL's MA in Political Thought and Intellectual History.