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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA American Literature and Culture

Programme code:MA-AMLITUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Andrew Warnes Contact

This programme is available to UK and EU applicants for part time study (over 2 academic years). Please contact for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English or American Literature, or a degree scheme including English or American Literature, or in a related subject.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Programme specification:

The MA in American Literature and Culture offered by the School of English at this University is, along with other similar programmes offered by the School, marked by a combination of wide range and specific focus, by the currency of its scholarly approaches and by its acknowledgement of the importance of both tradition and innovation in specific choices of texts, modules and possible student combinations.

As currently organised this scheme constitutes a number of 'issue based' modules which not only provide necessary coverage of major topics and problems in American cultural and literary production but which also enable students to read and (re)consider works by major American writers.

This combination of tradition and innovation, along with a focus on issues of cultural formation and difficulty, is evident in the approaches to teaching and research taken by this scheme. This is a scheme in American Literature and Culture; our work aims to perpetuate and interrogate different literary traditions in the USA and to attend to the cultural importance of non-literary, especially visual, media.

Chosen research projects / dissertation topics must lay within the field of American Literature and Culture.

This distinctive programme allows students to develop an existing enthusiasm for American Literature and to explore further those areas of the subject which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules.

ENGL5841MStudying English: Research Methods30 creditsSemester 1
ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep

Optional modules:

Candidates must take a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 90 credits from the list of programme-specific option modules listed below and/or a maximim of 30 credits from the list of all available English modules.

ENGL5722MWriting about Death in Nineteenth-Century America30 creditsSemester 2
ENGL5831MFeeling Time30 creditsSemester 1

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.

Elective modules:

Up to 30 credits of discovery modules may be taken (from outside the School of English, subject to availability).

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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