Authorship and Authority

Module code: EN7241

If you choose the 15,000-word MA English Studies dissertation, you will also take this module.

Following on from the 'Editing and Textual Cultures' module in the first semester, this team-taught module explores the topics of literary authorship and authority in their historical and theoretical contexts, ranging from the medieval to the present. In weekly two-hour seminars, you will engage with topics such as patronage, anonymity, fame, and collaborative authorship.

Work for this module involves a formative exercise designed to help you with the 5000-word essay that forms the assessment. This essay will enable you to focus on a particular literary periods or authors, allowing you to tailor the module to your research interests.

Learning

  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 280 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 5,000 words (100%)
  • Formative exercise, 500 words (0%)