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Film and Literature - MA


Course Description

The interdisciplinary MA in Film and Literature at the University of York examines the lively and symbiotic traffic between written words and cinematic images (through adaptation, borrowing, versioning, negotiation, appropriation, transmediation, analogy, equivalence, resistance, pastiche, collision).

It combines trenchant academic enquiry with passionately committed teaching, recent cinematic releases with early silent cinema, pop culture with high culture, theoretical questions with practical ones, blockbuster with poetry, mainstream with avant-garde, institutional studies with formal aesthetic analysis. And it allows students to determine the particular film/literature balance of the degree according to their own preferences.

Film and Literature both asks what is particular to the narrative codes and presentational conventions of cinema (as opposed to various literary forms) and also pits questions of medium-specificity against shared narrative, interpretive and socio-cultural histories. Through ranging cinematic, literary and theoretical illustration, it examines the ways in which the circulation of ideas between these two influential modes of expression can be more varied, more interesting and sometimes more surreptitious than conventional studies simply of ‘adaptation’ might imply.

Overall, it:
-Enables nuanced and sophisticated case-studies of mainstream literary adaptations for the screen (from classic novels, popular fiction, play texts, Shakespeare, real life news stories and more).
-Innovatively extends academic enquiry into other forms of influence, exchange and response between print and cinematic media (which includes the study of novels, poetry, journalism, reviews, plays, filmscripts, contracts, film censors’ reports and more).
-Roots all films in their broader cultural, historical, industrial, technological and aesthetic contexts.

Assessment

-Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each
-A 14,000-16,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic

Careers

We have an excellent employment record for our postgraduates who are highly prized by top level employers, both in the UK and on the international stage. A combination of outstanding teaching and a supportive collegiate environment enable our students to develop their creativity, intellectual independence and ability to filter complex information and present it persuasively in person and in writing. These are important transferable skills which will always hold their value at the top end of the jobs market.

Visit the Film and Literature - MA page on the University of York website for more details!



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(Scholarship)

WRoCAH Research Preparation Bursaries & Departmental Scholarship - Single Award

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) offers AHRC funding if you want to study a Masters degree in preparation for a PhD.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£6760.00

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, you must have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent before starting your Masters degree.You must have applied for one of the taught Masters degree listed above.Courses may be studied full-time or part-time. For part-time students, awards will be made on a pro-rata basis.Deadline for applications: Friday 5 May at 11.59pm

Application Procedure

If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, you will need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to [email protected] by the same deadline, Friday 5 May 2017. Our academic assessors will consider both the original and supplementary application forms when making their decision on recipients of the bursaries. This application form can be accessed on the Department of English and Related Literature's Fees and Funding page.

Further Information

https://www.york.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/funding-money/


(Scholarship)

WRoCAH Research Preparation Bursaries & Departmental Scholarships - 3 Awards

The White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) offers AHRC funding if you want to study a Masters degree in preparation for a PhD.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, you must have, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent before starting your Masters degree.You must have applied for a taught Masters degree in one of the Departments and Centres listed above.Courses may be studied full-time or part-time. For part-time students, awards will be made on a pro-rata basis.

Application Procedure

If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, you will need to complete a short supplementary application form and return it to [email protected] by the same deadline, Friday 5 May 2017. Our academic assessors will consider both the original and supplementary application forms when making their decision on recipients of the bursaries. This application form can be accessed on the Department of English and Related Literature's Fees and Funding page.

Further Information

https://www.york.ac.uk/english/postgraduate/funding-money/



Entry Requirements

Applicants for MA programmes in English and Related Literature will normally be expected to have obtained upper second-class honours, or equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

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