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Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of English and Creative Writing Masters Degrees

We have 20 Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of English and Creative Writing Masters Degrees

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths combines research strengths in English, European and American literatures. Our staff come from a variety of cultural backgrounds – and, with their diverse research interests, they are ideally equipped to help you develop your own interests whether they lie in American, British, Caribbean, Irish, French, German, Spanish or postcolonial literatures. Our thriving research environment unites traditional strengths with innovation, covering a wide range of interests in language and literature from the 1300s to the present day.

Principal areas of research activity are:

–the modernist period in Europe, Britain, Ireland, and the Americas

–literatures of the Americas (including Caribbean writing)

–contemporary literature, including women’s writing, English, Irish, American and European poetry, and postcolonial writing

–critical/literary theory and linguistics

–English medieval and Renaissance literature, including Shakespeare and Renaissance popular culture

–French literature of the 17th and 20th centuries

–English literature of the 18th and 19th centuries

–German and Austrian literature of the 18th and 20th centuries

–English Romantic literature, including theatre

–creative writing, especially fiction, poetry and translation

–comparative literature, especially the study of 19th- and 20th-century verbal and visual texts.

Staff are working on diverse topics such as literature and politics, literature and photography, satire, and biographical and autobiographical writings. They regularly give papers at national and international conferences, and publish work in the international academic press. Our postgraduate research activities continue to develop (most recently in the expansion of creative writing and comparative literatures), and the number of research students in the department continues to grow. We welcome applications for research in any area suited to the interests of our staff.

According to the REF 2014 results, 74.4% of publications by the department's staff are judged as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', ranking ahead of many other prestigious English departments throughout the UK. For research intensity (percentage of staff included in the exercise) Goldsmiths' Department of English and Comparative Literature is in the top 20.

Academic support

London, and the University of London in particular, offers students an excellent range of research facilities in literary, linguistic and cultural studies. We work closely with the School of Advanced Study and its specialist Institutes for English Studies, Germanic and Romance Studies, and Study of the Americas. As a postgraduate you can apply for a reader’s pass to the British Library, which houses the Official Publications Library as well as specialist collections. We hold regular research seminars at which staff, students, and invited visiting speakers present papers or discuss research in a constructive environment, followed by the opportunity for more informal discussion. The Department has established a major series of guest events, the Richard Hoggart Lectures in Literature, bringing key figures from the creative and critical spheres (recently, for example, Alan Bennett, Judith Butler, Terry Eagleton, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion and Tom Paulin) to speak at Goldsmiths.

Centre for Caribbean Studies

Established to develop and support Caribbean studies within Goldsmiths, the Centre for Caribbean Studies offers a resource for students and staff through its programme of activities relating to all aspects of Caribbean culture, and organises a regular programme of events, seminars and conferences. Central to the activities of the Centre is interdisciplinary research led by CAFSRA.

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