Students interested in pursuing studies in the Renaissance period at postgraduate level may be interested in the MRes qualification offered at Strathclyde University. The MRes is a self-contained degree, suitable for students who have a clearly defined research topic and wish to work independently. It takes a minimum of 12 months of full-time study, or longer on a part-time basis, and is assessed by a thesis of not more than 30,000 words, and by completion of a Research Skills class in the relevant subject area. The MRes can also serve as a preparation for doctoral study.
Students wishing to follow this path in Renaissance Studies could study in a number of areas: in particular literature and history. Staff at Strathclyde are particularly interested in broad cultural aspects of the Renaissance, including the history of language; the history of ideas; social and political history; cultural history – with interests in visual, musical, linguistic, and intellectual history, as well as digital approaches to the analysis of texts. They are also interested in supporting research into the distinctiveness of northern Renaissance culture, including Scotland, and how existing historical and theoretical paradigms might be adapted to reflect this.
Staff and their interests will include:
Professor Erica Fudge: history of ideas, cultural and literary history, religion, studies of the natural world.
Dr Jonathan Hope: Shakespeare's language, Early Modern English, digital approaches to texts.
Dr Elspeth Jajdelska: the history of reading in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the history of rhetoric in the same period
Dr Alison Thorne: Shakespeare studies; early modern drama; early modern visual culture; the interconnections between rhetoric, gender and politics in the early modern period.