This programme investigates the key texts and concepts that shape our understanding of literature and culture from 1900 to the present. The texts you will study are related to developments in critical theory and other cultural practices such as film, theatre and the visual arts.
• MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
• Contact: Dr Bryony Randall [email protected]
• You will gain the opportunity for advanced study of literary modernism and the avant-garde, as well as postmodern and contemporary developments in culture and theory.
• You will have the opportunity to investigate key texts and concepts through an examination of issues in modern writing, particularly those relating to modernity (mass culture, revolution, war, empire) and post-modernity (simulation, spectacle, performativity and trauma).
The programme involves taught sessions plus a period of research and writing over the summer. You will study a core and optional course, and undertake supervised study of a specialised topic of your choice, researching and writing a 15,000 word dissertation.
You can choose optional courses from the range of subjects in modern literature, theory and culture; or, with the convenor’s permission, you may select from any MLitt course offered in the College of Arts.
You will also take the school graduate training course which will prepare you to work on your dissertation and to prepare a proposal and funding application for PhD work, should you choose to pursue doctoral research.
The programme is made up of three components.
• Core courses: taught over two ten-week teaching periods, from October to December and January to March.
• Optional courses: also taught in ten-week blocks. Full-time students usually study one topic course in each semester.
• A dissertation: written during the final phase of the course, from April to September.
Part-time students take both core courses and the graduate training course in the first year and two special topics and dissertation in their second year of study.
This programme provides the opportunity for advanced study of literary modernism and the avant-garde, as well as postmodern and contemporary developments in culture and theory. It aims to investigate the key texts and concepts which shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change and pursues this goal in two ways: through an examination of the aesthetic and cultural assumptions of different modern movements; and through an examination of issues in modern writing, particularly those relating to modernity (mass culture, revolution, war, empire) and post-modernity (simulation, spectacle, performativity and trauma). Throughout, texts studied are related to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts.
Primary reading for the course consists of seminal texts from the modernist, postmodernist, late twentieth-century periods and the present day, including literary texts and theoretical formulations of early twentieth-century modernity and its continuities. Secondary reading serves as an introduction to a variety of critical approaches drawing on theories of culture, the avant-garde, memory, history, performance, gender, sexuality, technology, and fields such as postcolonialism, Critical Theory and cultural studies.