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Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance (MA)

Course Description

The degree has two central aims. It will enable you to engage in advanced archival research techniques related specifically to the extensive holdings of the University’s Beckett Archive, and to relate those techniques to discussion of Beckett’s writing and its contexts.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the complex and sophisticated relationship between Beckett’s multimedia work in film, theatre, television and radio. The course’s modular structure is designed so that if you wish to take a more literary approach (such as Beckett’s work in the novel and poetry) you can do so; the degree’s flexibility also provides opportunities for if you wish to practically engage in research concerning Beckett’s work in multimedia.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-literature-pg/ma-samuel-beckett.aspx

Modules include:

- Multimedia Beckett
- Beckett and the archive
- Beckett practical workshops in film, theatre and television
- Beckett and modernism
- Beckett and contemporary performance

Find out more about what you will study here http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/ma-programmes/ftt-mabeckett.aspx

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Our students continue, or return to, careers in teaching, publishing, the media, the civil service, the charity sector and advertising, as well as going on to do PhD research. Students report that their careers are supported by the skills they have acquired on the MAs in terms of not only subject expertise, but also critical thinking, reading closely and with advanced understanding, and writing well.


Choose from a distinctive range of MA courses and actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.

Our MA teaching at the University of Reading is highly rated for its friendliness and expertise. You will be taught in small groups, with lecturers and professors leading discussion and giving lectures. There are three teaching terms, and assessment is by essays, and a 20,000-word dissertation written over the summer. You will be given an expert supervisor for your dissertation, who will meet with you for a number of one-to-one advice sessions. Our MAs are taught courses but they also provide appropriate research training for those going on to PhDs. As a part of this, you will actively engage with the University’s world-leading archives and special collections.

As an MA student in this thriving and dynamic Department, you will be welcomed at a number of special events, including research seminars and guest lectures. We have concentrated expertise in Early Modern Studies, Samuel Beckett, Children’s Literature, and Writing and Publishing History. We hold unique archival collections in all of these areas, with which our MA students engage throughout their time with us.

Visit the Samuel Beckett: Archive, Text and Performance (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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