Interrogating the cultural fabric of the long twentieth century, this MA programme gives students the chance to develop their expertise in the analysis of literature of the period while deepening their understanding of the key conceptual and theoretical dynamics. Driven by the research excellence of the staff and the energy and intellectual curiosity of the students, this is a unique MA programme that produces vibrant and exciting debates.
Established concerns linked to modernity, modernism, postmodernism and post-colonialism are related to less familiar approaches grounded in the study of, for example, technology, the body and the urban, in a course that is structured to help students develop both a common conceptual framework and exposure to a wide range of primary materials and critical approaches. There are opportunities throughout the programme to pursue individual scholarly interests.
Whether looking to advance knowledge developed at undergraduate level, to develop the skills needed to pursue careers in the creative industries, education, management or publishing, or to establish the foundations for a PhD, the MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature will challenge and engage students.
Full-time students take four compulsory modules that are structured around the broad themes of time and space. Within these modules students will begin by considering key issues in the study of modernism and modernity, postmodernism and postmodernity. We consider the radical transformation of time and space by industrial modernity, and subsequently by a globalised postmodernity, and explore the relationship between socioeconomic forms and literary and cultural production. Students undertake more sustained, specialised study of specific texts - while literature is the primary focus of the seminars, there is also sustained discussion of film and popular culture).
This year, the following areas have been prominent aspects of the programme: sex and death in the Edwardian novel; London, literature and diaspora; human rights and the novel; time travel, amongst others.
In addition to these modules, students also receive training in how to develop research projects. All students write a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice emerging from the programme. Part-time students do the same programme over the course of two years.
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