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University of Liverpool: English: Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature

Institution University of Liverpool
Department School of English View department profile
Study type Taught


The Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Literature MA pathway draws upon the Department's significant research and teaching strengths in these periods. Covering writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Cavendish, Pope, Swift, Behn and Equiano, the pathway offers modules that consider: how literature responded and contributed to major social and political developments such as the rise of international travel, slavery and empire (including the role of Liverpool in that process); the transition from Renaissance alchemy to modern science; the literary contests fought over form and style across both periods; the theory and practice of scholarly editing; and Shakespeare’s dialogue with both contemporaries and later eighteenth-century adapters.

The pathway also offers the opportunity to visit local cultural institutions such as the Walker Gallery and International Slavery Museum.

Conversation with other students and researchers through departmental talks, seminars, conferences, and associated research centres such as the Liverpool Medieval and Renaissance Research Centre and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds Centre will help you situate that reading within a thriving academic context.


University of Liverpool
Department of English

About us
The Department of English at the University of Liverpool has an internationally renowned academic team and a strong research ethos. We focus on the development of English literature and the functioning of written and spoken English through time and around the world.

We have a reputation for radical thinking, as exemplified by our success rate in the BBC and Arts and Humanities Research Council’s ‘New Generation Thinkers’ scheme. In total, five members of our academic staff have been selected since the scheme was established in 2010, three of whom are …

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