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MA English (Contemporary Literature) Who is it for?


You have an interest in modern and contemporary literature in English, and who have some experience of studying English Literature at Bachelor’s level.


About the Course


MA English (Contemporary Literature) covers predominantly post-1900 literature and visual media in English from a range of cultural sources including the UK, Ireland, USA, the Indian subcontinent, Australia and New Zealand. You have the chance to study a range of texts including novels, films, poetry and short stories in the context of contemporary literary and critical theories and debates.


The programme is strongly research-led and you will be tutored by internationally renowned scholars in their fields including Professor Janet Wilson (Postcolonial Studies and Katherine Mansfield Studies); Dr Sonya Andermahr (Contemporary Women’s Writing and Feminist Studies) and Dr Richard Canning (Sexuality and Gender Studies).


Course Content


Modules Critical Theory and Methodologies


Provides an in-depth analysis of key concepts and debates in contemporary literary and critical theory and offers training in learning technology and research skills.


Brave New Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Writing


Explores utopian and dystopian writing from Thomas More’s Utopia to present day science fiction and cyberpunk.


Trauma Fiction


Examines recent writing from Britain and the US in the light of trauma theory and the burgeoning field of trauma studies.


Post-Colonial Literatures


Examines Australian and Maori writing, South African literature and Asian-British fiction among others with reference to the theory and practice of diasporic writing.


Contemporary British Writing


Selects an aspect of contemporary British writing such as the historical novel or contemporary gothic for in-depth discussion and analysis.


Literary Modernism


Examines modernist writing through selected texts by James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, Dorothy Richardson and others, in the context of the movement’s origins, experimental tendencies and relation to literary culture.


Gender and Writing


Develops an understanding of literature in the context of critical debates about gender and writing, examining poetry, novels, short stories, and theoretical works by female and male writers from Britain and beyond.


Pulp Visions


Explores the ways in which ‘high theory’ interacts with ‘low culture’ through the analysis of a range of popular narratives including popular fiction, film, comics and the graphic novel.


Narrative and the Deviant Body


Looks at the representation of marginal or ‘deviant’ bodies across gender, sexuality, race, and class in American literature since the 1960s.


Assessment


Assessment is by coursework and dissertation. Each 20 credit module is assessed by a range of items which may include one or more of the following: essay, explication, presentation, discussion board, critical portfolio. The 60 credit dissertation module includes a 10 per cent presentation element and a (90 per cent) final dissertation of 15,000 - 18,000 words.


Career Opportunities


On completion, some of our graduates go on to further study at Doctoral level while others pursue a range of careers in the public and private sectors. Recent graduates from the MA are currently employed in the following fields: university administration, higher education teaching in India and UK, publishing, professional writing, learning technology and university lecturing.


Duration of Course


The award begins in September each year and is taught over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).


Entry Requirements


You will normally have a First or Second Class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant English based subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.5.


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