MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District

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Duration Full-time, 1 Year
Start date September 2020
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The landscape of the English Lake District has been a source of inspiration to generations of poets and writers. This taught MA offers a unique opportunity to study a rich body of literary and non-literary texts within the geographical landscape which inspired them, at the University of Cumbria's Ambleside campus in the heart of the Lake District National Park, now a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Here you will explore critical ideas about the relationship between the creative imagination and place, and have the opportunity to visit some of the specific locations which have inspired and which continue to inspire writers. The course also offers opportunities to engage with partner organisations such as Brantwood and the Wordsworth Trust, and to work with related and unique manuscript resources.

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Partners & Memberships

The programme team have links with a number of key literary organisations in the region. We use these connections to enhance and enrich your studies in a variety of way, not only through field trips but also by giving you the opportunity to develop projects in your final year which relate to the cultural heritage and creative industry sector. 

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Your Career with a Literature Master's Degree

The course can enhance prospects in a range of careers that demand high-level analytical and interpretative skills as well as advanced skills in written and oral communication.  Specific career pathways might include work in publishing or the creative and cultural heritage industries; the course can also support students wishing to go on to study at MPhil/PhD level.

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Why Choose University of Cumbria

Our MA course aims to challenge and enrich your analytical, interpretative, written and oral communication skills.

  • Studying surrounded by the stunning and inspiring scenery of the Lake District, which has inspired many of the UK's greatest writers
  • Field trips to explore how the Lakes have influenced literature
  • Opportunities to be involved in Cumbria's thriving literary scene and take part in literary festivals
  • Small class sizes mean we can help you to personally develop and flourish throughout your studies
  • Being taught by literary experts and published writers
  • The opportunity to attend extracurricular literary talks and events with visiting experts and writers
  • The opportunities to develop real-world projects relating to the contemporary cultural heritage industry

But don't take our word for it. Meet Leo Finighan, who studied his undergraduate literature degree with us and is now a MA Literature, Romanticism and the English Lake District student.

"The MA course in Ambleside has been really inspiring. Learning about 'green' criticism and writing at a time when ecological concerns are everywhere has equipped me with the tools I need to address those concerns in my own life. Studying Romanticism in the heart of the Lake District, a landscape with such a rich literary legacy, brings you really close to the work that you do on the course. With incredible opportunities to study manuscripts at places like the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, there's really nowhere better to learn about our natural literary heritage."

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