The MA in English covers literature and popular culture in their historical contexts from the sixteenth century to the present day. It provides you with opportunities to undertake a comparative study of literature, history and film.
The MA will appeal if you are interested in combining the study of ‘serious’ literature with popular writing, women’s literature, or topics, such as Empire, American national identity, the Victorian period, Holocaust or Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies from the perspective of literature, history, popular culture and film. The programme has an interdisciplinary focus, allowing you to work across subject boundaries.
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
The MA in English will appeal if you are a student of literature, with interests that cross the boundaries of literature, popular culture, film and history, who would like to pursue this combined focus at MA level.
The programme is also excellent preparation if you wish to pursue a research-based higher degree in the future since it includes a compulsory introduction to research skills and methodologies and a dissertation project.
WHAT WILL I GAIN FROM THIS PROGRAMME?
You will acquire a distinctive subject knowledge arising from the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum. The MA will provide you with experience of advanced literary study, the practical skills necessary to undertake work across subject boundaries and training in transferable research skills and methodologies.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
The programme consists of two core modules (20 credits each), four optional modules (20 credits each) and a compulsory dissertation (60 credits). You will be guided to a combination of optional modules focused upon early modern and/or modern and contemporary literature or a combination of literature modules and modules on a historical topic or theme.
If you are interested in literature, the available options cover texts from the sixteenth century to the present day. Themes include women’s narrative, the shifting representations of women in American and British popular culture, ‘transgressive’ women’s writing and African-American women’s writing.
History-related modules focus on themes from the last three centuries, including topics such as Empire, masculinity, the Holocaust and the Second World War, approached as interdisciplinary case studies involving the study of history, literature, culture (especially popular culture) and film.
HOW WILL I STUDY?
You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and guided independent learning. Part-time students will attend one evening a week and full-time students will attend twice a week. Teaching is currently scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6-9pm).
WHO WILL BE TEACHING ME?
You will be taught by a team of specialist tutors who are active researchers and committed teachers with interests in literature, popular culture, genre studies, modern history, women’s studies, history and film.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
You will be assessed through a combination of assignments which, depending on the modules you choose, may include essays, critical reviews, critical diaries, presentations and research-based projects and a dissertation.
WHAT ARE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?
Graduates in the humanities with a higher degree find employment in a wide variety of careers such as teaching, arts organisation and management, the heritage industry, publishing, advertising, journalism, libraries and learning centres, and management / administration.
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