This MA, offering Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance modules, explores the full variety and contexts of writing from the islands of Britain and Ireland across the period circa 700 to circa 1700. We concentrate on interactions between texts in English from these islands, examining the beginnings of Anglo-Irish writing, as well as the cultural transmissions and transformations between classical, European, and insular intellectual and literary traditions before 1700. We also have a particular interest in interrogating traditional period boundaries, such as medieval and Renaissance. Our work is stimulated by exceptional contexts and resources from medieval and early modern sites such as Spensers Kilcolman Castle to the substantial early printed book collections of the Boole Librarys Special Collections and other accessible early collections.
Unique Aspects of the Course.
This course is unique in these islands in offering a specialist graduate course which covers the full range of the three linguistic and cultural phases of earlier English writing: Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) to c. 1100; Middle English (or later Medieval writing) to c. 1500; and Early-Modern (or Renaissance) writing (c. 1500-1700). Study in UCC also affords graduate students the opportunity (subject to approval) to enrol in courses in other languages and literatures of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance such as Latin, Irish, Italian, and the languages of the Iberian peninsula.