Focussing mainly on Britain and Ireland, this MA offers a range of modules which make it possible to study a variety of kinds of text from different periods within the twentieth century. At the same, there is a consideration of some of the most significant twentieth-century theoretical debates and discourses which have provided, and continue to provide, key concepts in terms of which the literature of the period has been understood.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
School of English
The School of English has a thriving postgraduate community with approximately 70 research students, a mixture of full and part-time, split-site and collaborative with external organisations.
* The School achieved the 5*A in the 2001 RAE exercise and intends to maintain the equivalent of this in the forthcoming 2008 exercise. Staff and graduate students actively research in all of the areas listed below.
* The School has hosted several international conferences organised by staff as well as graduate conferences devised and administered by the School’s research students. It also features several research groups, including the Postcolonial Research Group and Renaissance Research Group, which organise regular seminar series.
* The School also participates in Faculty research groups such as the American Research Seminar and Eighteenth-Century Seminar. In addition, graduate students organise their own fortnightly Postgraduate Research Seminar where they present and discuss their research. The School frequently enjoys success in both national and international funding competitions (e.g. AHRC, ORS).
What you study
There is a compulsory core module, Between Theory and History, covering issues of theory and history from all periods of the twentieth century. Other topics include James Joyce; Carribbean and Black British Writing; D.H. Lawrence; Modernism and Mass Culture; Contemporary Fictions; Contemporary Poetry; Twentieth-Century Family Saga; Graham Greene.