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Masters degrees in United States Literature include advanced study of the literary traditions, movements and writers which have originated from, or have been influenced by, the United States of America.
Related postgraduate specialisms include American Literatures, American Studies, and United States Society & Culture. Entry requirements usually include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Languages and Literature or Cultural Studies.
American Literature encompasses not only literature produced since the USA was formed, but also writers and movements from the colonies that later became the United States. US Literature therefore draws on many influences from other European literary traditions, particularly those of Britain and Ireland.
You may specialise in a wide range of Post-Colonial, African-American, and creole literary traditions which have centred around important social and political movements. For example, the abolition of slavery and later civil rights issues led to wide-spread literary criticism from American and non-American writers alike, while the end of the first World War saw a surge in contemporary movements such as surrealism.
Traditional careers in this field include academia and publishing, journalism and digital media, and roles in heritage institutions such as museums. You might also explore work on behalf of private organisations in industries such as leisure and tourism.
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The MPhil in American Literature will consist of an intensive foundation course, taught in the Michaelmas term by a team of specialists, which combines detailed attention to specified primary texts with broader investigations into the conceptual, theoretical, and cultural parameters of the literary history of the United States. Read more
Gain a rich understanding of the variety and interconnections of American writing, exploring major poetic, fictional, non-fictional and dramatic works. Read more
Overview American Studies allows you to understand the United States from a literary and historical perspective. On this course, you’ll study landmark historical events, novels, films, comic books, photographs and paintings. Read more
The MA by Research in American Studies gives you an opportunity to develop your research interests in the history, politics, literature and/or culture of the United States in a supportive environment, with the guidance of a supervisor who is an expert in their field. Read more
An MA by Research in American Studies at Swansea enables you to undertake a substantial project led by your own passions and interests. A research degree in American Studies represents a highly respected qualification which can present a pathway to a career in academia or widen your scope for employment in fields such as education, government or the private sector. Read more
The Masters in English Literary Studies is aimed at the study of literature, culture and film, and embraces the particular strengths of the Department of English and Film at Exeter. Read more
Our MA Modern and Contemporary Literature begins with an investigation of literary and theoretical conceptions of modernity in early twentieth-century literature, focusing on topics such as urbanisation, technology, mass culture, individualism and subjectivity. Read more
With modules that range across genres, continents and centuries, this innovative and interdisciplinary MA programme combines taught modules and a dissertation and allows you to share your year between Canterbury and Paris. Read more
Studying at Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture, you are part of an interdisciplinary postgraduate community. With a choice of modules inspired by Paris and its unique cultural history, you have the opportunity to take modules in areas such as art and film alongside your literature modules. Read more
Ranging from Thomas Jefferson to Marilynne Robinson, our taught Masters programme gives you the opportunity to explore a wide and stimulating range of works spanning America’s history, from its revolutionary beginnings to its current position as a superpower in contemporary global politics. Read more