The English and American Literature MA allows you to choose from the full range of our MA literature modules.
The list of what’s on offer is regularly added to by academics keen to explore new areas of thinking with students and to draw you in to our established areas of research strength, such as postcolonial studies; 18th-century studies; modern poetry and fiction; or Victorian studies. The modules draw on many different critical approaches and focus on a wide range of historical periods, ideas and places from modern India to post-war New York to literary London in the 18th century.
Within this programme you may also choose to take pathways, so as to concentrate on studies in certain specific areas (especially if you intend to continue to a research degree in a particular field).
The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.
Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. The international standing of the School ensures that we have a lively, confident research culture, sustained by a vibrant, ambitious intellectual community. We also count a number of distinguished creative writers among our staff, and we actively explore crossovers between critical and creative writing in all our areas of teaching and research.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has produced very strong results for the School of English at Kent. With 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, the School is ranked 10th out of 89 English departments in terms of Research Intensity (Times Higher Education). The School also received an outstanding assessment of the quality of its research environment and public impact work.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
MT864 - Reading the Medieval Town: Canterbury, an International City (30 credits) MT865 - Encountering the Holy: Devotion and the Medieval Church (30 credits) EN803 - Critical Race Theory (30 credits) EN818 - American Modernism 1900-1930 (Teaching Period I) (30 credits) EN832 - Hacks, Dunces and Scribblers: Authorship and the Marketplace in the Eig (30 credits) EN834 - Imagining India (30 credits) EN835 - Dickens, The Victorians and the Body (30 credits) EN836 - Dickens and the Material Culture of the Victorian Novel (30 credits) EN842 - Reading the Contemporary (30 credits) EN850 - Centres and Edges: Modernist and PostcolonialQuest Literature (30 credits) EN852 - Colonial and Postcolonial Discourses (30 credits) EN857 - Body and Place in the Postcolonial Text (30 credits) EN862 - Contemporary Arab Novel (30 credits) EN865 - Post-45: American Literature and Culture in the Cold War Era (30 credits) EN866 - The Awkward Age: Transatlantic Culture and Literature in Transition, 18 (30 credits) EN872 - Provocations and Invitations (30 credits) EN876 - Dickens and the Condition of England (30 credits) EN888 - Extremes of Feeling: Literature and Empire in the Eighteenth Century (30 credits) EN889 - Literary Theory (30 credits) EN897 - Advanced Critical Reading (30 credits)
Assessment is by a 5-6,000-word essay for each module and a 12,000 word dissertation.