Postgraduate Study

Staff associated with CCLC deliver a range of postgraduate teaching and supervision. 

If you are thinking of applying for a PhD or MA by research please consult our list of staff members when searching for potential supervisors to approach before a formal application.

At postgraduate taught level, all our members contribute to the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature Pathway on the MA Literature and Culture.

MA Literature and Culture: Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature Pathway

The literature of the 20th and 21st centuries is created against the backdrop of arguably the most rapid technological and social developments in history. With a world seemingly shrinking through ever-increasingly swift travel, the emergence of networked and mobile global communications, and the creation of myriad industrial pollutants, consumer detritus, and a fantastically expanding population, the entanglement of all human cultures has been written into the art of the last 116 years. The wars, conversations, and creations of these decades have produced some of our greatest experiments and expanded the potential for representing all manner of lives and responses to living. On this pathway, students will study the politics and products of the landscape that we currently inhabit, or from the work of its direct antecedents, enabling students to engage directly and explicitly with the times in which they live and the route that led to this distinctive moment.

This pathway will be made up of a combination of two core modules, a dedicated research skills module open to all students, and a selection of three optional modules. The option choices will be made up of two bespoke MA option modules in the period and a selection of relevant final year UG modules which we will open for MA students.

Core modules:

  • Modernism (semester 1)
    This module will enhance your knowledge of a range of key issues within the study of literature in the first half of the twentieth century, introducing some of the more challenging texts written during these years, as well as recent scholarly thinking on the literature of the period more generally. You will be encouraged to rethink mainstream definitions of the literary history of the early twentieth-century, and examine the complexity of the literary and cultural moment of modernism. Major topics to be covered include: literary nostalgia and innovation, narrative and traumatic-memory, the concept of Modernism, High Modernism and its aftermath, and the social and aesthetic politics of the 1930s. These will be studied across a variety of genres and authors, with reference to formative theorists/philosophers of the period.
  • Contemporary Literature (semester 2)
    This module offers you the opportunity to engage with a range of literatures in English, written post-1945 to the present. Texts from the UK, North America and elsewhere in the Anglophone world will be explored from a variety of perspectives and you will be encouraged to employ a range of methodological, theoretical and critical approaches that allow for the situating of the literary work within diverse social and artistic contexts. The module will consist of three units, each of which will take the form of an investigation into either contemporary national/regional literatures or be determined by thematic/theoretical contexts. Possible units may, for example, address multiculturalism in contemporary British writing, contemporary Canadian writing, South African writing today and Postmodernism.

Option modules that may be of interest to students studying this pathway may include: New York, New York; TMI: Confessional Writing; Bringing out the Bodies: Technology, Transhumans and Skin; Last Year’s Novels; From Plato to Postmodernism; Feminist Killjoys; Fantasy and Fandom; African American Freedom; How does Pop Culture do Things in the World?; Modernist Fiction and Ethics; Modern Short Story; Modern American Poetry; Textualities and Materialities.