You will study three core modules and three optional modules before completing your MA with a 15,000 word dissertation.
Global Critical Theory
Global Critical Theory addresses a number of topics, such as theories of language, multimodality, the anticolonial and anti-racist imagination, postcolonial gender and intersectional perspectives. You will be encouraged to test the possibilities and limits of various theoretical approaches by drawing on your knowledge of world literatures, as well as on your expertise acquired through other modules. Influential theoretical approaches will be considered in relation to lesser-studied texts, which may lead you to deploy theories creatively, or to critique and revise dominant theoretical paradigms.
Assessment: 4,000 word essay.
World Literatures Compared
World Literatures Compared introduces you to the range of ways in which literature has been created and experienced across time and space. The module deals with a number of topics, including: Literariness; Circulation and canon formation; Authorship and influence; Figurative Language and Rhetoric; Genre. The materials studied are selected from a range of cultural contexts from across the globe. You will be invited to reflect on how normative understandings of world literature are derivative of their cultural contexts, and how examining different cultural contexts can generate new understandings of world literature.
Assessment: 4,000 word essay
Research Methods in Critical Cultural Studies
This module will prepare you for your MA dissertation by equipping you with the key research skills necessary to produce strong postgraduate work. It also reaches beyond the Masters, preparing students for further postgraduate study or careers outside academia. Students will attend sessions run by module leaders on: writing a cultural studies or gender studies essay; writing a literature review on cultural studies and gender studies texts and writing a research proposal.
Assessment: 4,000 word literature review and a 500-word research proposal
Alongside these core modules, students will choose from a range of optional modules, including (subject to availability):
- Global Histories: Comparisons and Connections
- Ethics and Global Ethics
- Global Literatures in Britain
- Muslim Women’s Popular Fiction
- Nation and Identity
- African-American Freedom
- Theories of the Modern
- Law and Literature
- Postcolonial Poetry and Poetics
- Mapping the Middle Ages: Cultural Encounters in the Medieval East and West
- Understanding Medieval Literature and Meeting Medieval Manuscripts
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a
supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.