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This is an interdisciplinary, taught MA offered by the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies (CREMS). Study can be either full-time over twelve months, or part-time over two years All students follow the team-taught Core Module in the first term and over the one or two years' duration take three option modules offered by the partner departments - English, History, History of Art, Politics, Music, Philosophy, Archaeology and Theatre, Film and TV. Students also follow a Research Skills programme, and research and produce a 20,000 word dissertation. The course is assessed on three essays of approximately 4,500 words, and the dissertation. Students on this MA benefit from an unparalleled range of modules to choose from, with expert tuition, in a supportive and stimulating environment. CREMS has been described in BBC History Magazine as one of the best places in the UK to study the Renaissance period. Students will be introduced to a broad range of primary materials across disciplinary boundaries and the Centre is well placed for research in the rich archival and cultural resources in and around York. The Course focuses on the approaches and issues that have made the study of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries one of the liveliest and most innovative areas of interdisciplinary activity in the humanities. It is designed to provide students with an advanced introduction to: - A broad range of primary materials (from literary texts and court records to paintings and musical compositions) documenting the intellectual, political, spiritual and aesthetic cultures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries - The relationship between English, British, European and Global cultures during this period of dramatic geographical and intellectual expansion and profound political and religious change - Archival and interpretative skills and methodological training needed to find, read and interpret these materials and to identify and develop original research questions across departmental and disciplinary boundaries - The kinds of work being carried out in this area to help students to cultivate their interests in their chosen field, preparing them for further postgraduate studies or for relevant professional work such as teaching, curating or broadcasting. The Core Module: In surveys of this kind, it is too easy to fall back on a numbing sequence of key figures, movements and monuments. We have instead chosen to identify and explore some of the issues that mattered most in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and have continued to matter (in different ways) to the different disciplines that study this pivotal period. Both the teaching faculty and the participants in the course come from different departments and disciplinary backgrounds: students will be exposed to a range of interdisciplinary approaches and also encouraged to explore multiple perspectives on the same materials or questions. Examples of topics recently addressed are: Renaissance andor Early Modern (andor Baroque): What?s in a Name? - Problems of periodization and nomenclature: what should we call the period covered by this course and why does it matter? - The period?s own temporal consciousness (e.g., ideas of the return of the Golden Age and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns) Space and Place - The built environment and the social relations it reflects and structures - Fraught and liminal locations (borders, retreats and hiding places) - Contested demarcations between the public and private spheres Devotion and Dogma - Reformation and Counter-Reformation beliefs - The orchestration of religious rituals around the sacrament and salvation - Propaganda and proselytising, in Europe and in the New World Questioning Authority - Absolutism and its discontents: monarchy, republicanism, utopias - Resistance and rebellion - The cultures of violence Dress and Display - Examining the interrelation between dress, identity and portraiture at the Habsburg court

This is an interdisciplinary, taught MA offered by the Centre for Renaissance & Early Modern Studies (CREMS). Study can be either full-time over twelve months, or part-time over two years All students follow the team-taught Core Module in the first term and over the one or two years' duration take three option modules offered by the partner departments - English, History, History of Art,...

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