Guided by a team of internationally recognised experts, you will investigate the key texts and concepts which shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change from 1900 to the present. You will relate the literary texts you study to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts.
Why this programme
◾The MLitt in Modernities at Glasgow has an international reputation for delivering outstanding research-led teaching, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approaches to this literary period. ◾You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that make Glasgow such an enriching place for postgraduate study. ◾The Modernities MLitt includes tailored workshops with the University’s archives and Special Collections as well as a bespoke field trip to the archives of the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Semester 1 - September to December ◾School of Critical Studies Research Training Course ◾Modernities 1: 1880-1945 ◾Option 1
Semester 2 - January to March ◾Modernities 2: 1945 to the present ◾Option 2 ◾Option 3
Summer - April to September ◾Dissertation in a topic falling within the Modernities period (1880 to the present day)
First year ◾School of Critical Studies Research Training Course ◾Both compulsory Modernities courses ◾Option 1
Second year ◾Option 2 ◾Option 3 ◾Dissertation
All taught courses are 20 credits and are delivered in weekly 2 hour seminars or similar.
Seminars are taught to the extent that the student members meet regularly with a tutor and proceed through a planned sequence of reading and discussion. The working style however is exploratory rather than didactic; students are expected to engage fully with primary sources, to develop, express and take responsibility for their own opinions and to work towards independent argument and expression in their resulting coursework and dissertation.
The two compulsory Modernities courses are complementary.
Modernities 1: 1880-1945
In the first you will examine some of the foundational modernist movements and manifestos, and investigate some of the ways in which Modernism and modernity were theorised in the period 1880-1945.
Modernities 2: 1945 to the present
In the second core course you will examine the 'fallout' of these movements over the last half century or so. Primary reading consists of seminal texts from the modernist and post-modernist periods, as well as of theoretical formulations of early twentieth-century modernity and its continuities. Secondary reading serves as an introduction to recent critical approaches drawing on fields such as narratology, psychoanalysis, feminism, post-colonialism, and cultural theory.
Option courses will usually be taken from among the 20 credit courses listed under the general pathway. Not all options will be available in any given year, depending on staff availability. A number of option courses have been devised with the needs of the Modernities programme particularly in mind; these are: ◾The American Counterculture, 1945-75 ◾American Fiction of the 1930s ◾Decadence and the Modern ◾F Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton and Dialogues of American Literary Modernism ◾The Mind of the Contemporary American Novel ◾The Modern Everyday ◾Modernist Sexualities ◾The Novel Now ◾Proust in Theory ◾Virginia Woolf Writes Modernity
With the convenor’s permission, you may also take option courses from elsewhere in the College of Arts and beyond, e.g. Comparative Literature, History of Art, Music, History, and many more.
Modernities has been producing successful graduates for over ten years and provides excellent preparation for PhD studies and an academic career, as well as developing key skills valued by employers in journalism, the heritage and creative industries, and other related educational and vocational careers.