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  • Objectives
    1. To provide courses opening paths to areas of current scholarly and critical specialisation 2. To deepen the knowledge and to refine the skills which students bring with them from their first degrees 3. To give students a structured introduction to advanced material and advanced perspectives in their fields of specialisation 4. To encourage students to work independently as scholars in specific fields of investigation and to formulate and present a coherent and reflective view of their findings 5. To provide a choice of courses to suit individual interests and needs 6. To enhance students' career prospects 7. To prepare qualified students for progression to doctoral research with a view to entering the academic profession 8. To enhance (deepen and extend) students' acquaintance with literary texts, b texts and their ability to make comparisons between literature and film
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications 2.1 or equivalent in B.A. related to Literary or Film/Media Studies. TOEFL 570/230/88 IELTS 6.5
  • Academic Title
    MA Film and Literature
  • Course description

    Course Description
    The MA in Film and Literature focuses on theoretical and practical interactions between literature and film, providing students with a wide range of textual and analytic skills.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        ADAPTATION
        AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
        Compulsory: ISSUES IN FILM THEORY AND HISTORY
        Core: DISSERTATION
        Core: RESEARCH METHODS IN LITERARY AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS
        CREATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSLATION
        CREATIVE PLAYWRITING 1
        CREATIVE PLAYWRITING 2
        CREATIVE WRITING AND GENRE
        CREATIVE WRITING AND REFLECTION
        CREATIVE WRITING MEMORY MAPS MA
        EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA IN THE DIGITAL AGE
        FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
        FOUNDATION OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES
        INTERPRETATION OF MYTH
        ISSUES IN TRAVEL WRITING
        LITERARY TRANSLATION AND COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
        MODERN PROSTHESES: WRITING, TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSGENDER
        MODERNISM/POSTMODERNISM
        POSTCOLONIAL WRITERS AND CANONICAL TEXTS
        REAL CINEMA: ETHNOGRAPHIC AND DOCUMENTARY FILM
        SEA OF LENTILS: MODERNITY, LITERATURE, AND FILM IN THE CARIBBEAN
        SHAKESPEARE IN THEORY
        SHAKESPEARE: READING AND TEXT I
        SHAKESPEAREAN PERFORMANCE HISTORY
        THE PHANTASM
        THE STUDY OF LITERATURE TODAY
        THE TALE: TELLINGS AND RE-TELLINGS
        THE USES OF AMERICAN ISOLATION
        US MODERNISM AND AFTER
        WAR, VIOLENCE & CONFLICT IN THE AMERICAN TROPICS
        WRITING ART

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
      
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : A range of literature and film in special subject areas
        A2 : Critical opinion and significant critical debates in literary and film studies, as well as recent critical interventions
        A3 : The interrelation of relevant literary texts and literary critical thinking
        A4 : The interrelation of relevant films and film criticism
        A5 : Complex issues in the relationship between film, literature and culture (an appreciation of the way in which literary and visual texts are embedded in their cultural and historical milieux, and an awareness of their role in creating cultural change)
        A6 : Advanced methods of critical analysis and argument
        A7 : Appropriate research techniques and methodologies

        Teaching Methods
        1-7 are addressed in seminars and oral and written comments on essays and draft dissertations. 6 is additionally addressed in special seminars Students are expected to pursue their understanding of course content and special topics through independent study and wide reading. Tutors are available to offer advice in the adaptation of generic research techniques (6) to individual needs.

        Assessment Methods
        Formal assessment is by written coursework (four 4000-5000 word essays over four 10-week seminars) and dissertation. Students produce a written dissertation project of 20,000 words (honing expertise in outcomes 1-7).

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Question received thinking
        B2 : Think independently
        B3 : Analyse and evaluate data at advanced levels
        B4 : Reason critically in an environment of complex ideas
        B5 : Argue coherently and persuasively
        B6 : Adopt critical positions in reading complex texts and in writing on them
        B7 : Analyse and evaluate theoretical concepts at advanced levels
        B8 : Develop and sustain a critical argument over a sustained period of research

        Teaching Methods
        These skills are developed in: seminar discussions; class presentations (which may form the basis of essays) followed by questions and answers; guided instruction of primary and secondary sources in seminars; guided analysis of visual material in seminars; oral and written feedback on essays. Individual guidance (in addition to that available in formal seminars), is available in posted office hours during the preparation of essays and presentations in seminar. Individual guidance is available in advance of the deadline for the dissertation proposal, and detailed oral feedback is given on the proposal in advance of dissertation writing

        Assessment Methods
        Essays and dissertation. While the former are assessed in their own right, they are also regarded as a form of progressive assessment leading to the writing of the dissertation.

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Organise, structure and present an argument in writing, putting forward clear critical positions
        C2 : Analyse literary and cinematic texts employing advanced theoretical terms
        C3 : Deploy a vocabulary of literary, cinematic, and critical terms
        C4 : Compile and present extended bibliographies
        C5 : Provide complex references according to accepted conventions
        C6 : Use libraries and IT to gain access to a variety of scholarly sources
        C7 : Write in a scholarly manner

        Teaching Methods
        This range of practical skills (1-7) is taught in seminars and developed through tutors' comments on essays, and in supervision of written work. Guidance on skills 4-7 is provided in special seminars on techniques and methodology. Advice on writing essays and dissertations is given in the MA guide

        Assessment Methods
        Essays and dissertations are assessed for all these skills

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Clear, focused, relevant and effective written expression and oral communication
        D2 : Typing and wordprocessing skills; use of electronic library catalogues and email
        D4 : Management of projects and timetables. Finding, understanding and organising information.
        D5 : Ability to interpret and construct an argument, and to grasp other points of view
        D6 : Finding, understanding and organising information

        Teaching Methods
        The relevant key skills are progressively encouraged throughout the degree. 1, 2 & 4 are employed in essays, and verbal and written feedback is given to encourage progress.

        Assessment Methods
        Essays and dissertations are assessed for qualities that incorporate all these skills.

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