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Literary Studies: Pathway in Literature of the Caribbean & Its Diasporas - MA

This pathway of our MA Literary Studies degree aims to introduce you to a wide range of texts and issues in the literature of the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora to highlight significant movements relative to the social, political and historical contexts impacting upon these new literatures.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas pathway?

  • You'll be introduced to a wide range of Caribbean texts, and gain an understanding of the social, political and historical contexts that impact these literatures. This includes history, memory, the impacts of Colonialism, post-Colonialism, and Globalisation. We'll be studying texts either in English or in English translation.
  • You will be able to further develop your interest in the literature of the Caribbean and its diasporas through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.
  • You'll have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to Caribbean, diasporic, or post-colonial literature.
  • The convenor of this pathway is Professor Joan Anim-Addo who has recently been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘invaluable contributions to literature and to literary and cultural studies’ by leading US literary quarterly journal, Callaloo.
  • In studying for this pathway, you will be able to rely on the expertise and materials available at Goldsmiths’ Caribbean Centre.

What you'll study

Core module:

  • Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas

In addition to the core module and dissertation, you also choose three option modules from the list below:

  • Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism
  • Theories of Literature & Culture
  • Modern Literary Movements
  • American Literature & Culture: Critical and Theoretical Concepts
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms
  • Shakespeare and the Early Modern
  • Postmodernist Fiction
  • Rewriting Sexualities
  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Theory in Practice
  • Documenting America: The Photo Text 1910 to 1960
  • Reading Freud: Love & its Vicissitudes
  • Twenty-first Century American Fiction
  • Palestine and Postcolonialism
  • European Decadence and the Visual Arts
  • Postcolonial Fiction: Theory and Practice
  • Romantic Shakespeare
  • The Contemporary American Novel in the Era of Climate Change
  • Interculturality, Text, Poetics
  • Elizabethan Style: Visual and Verbal
  • The Post-Imperial City in Literature and Film
  • Between Languages: Multilingualism and Translation in Contemporary Literature
  • Text in Performance: Shakespeare

You can also choose linguistics modules as option module:

  • Analysing Discourse & Identity in Spoken Interaction
  • English in a Multilingual World
  • Intercultural Discourse & Communication
  • Language & Ideology in Written Discourse
  • English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


You'll develop transferable skills, including:

  • enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
  • the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments


Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Visit the Literary Studies: Pathway in Literature of the Caribbean & Its Diasporas - MA page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!





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