Literature & Publishing
As Ireland's only postgraduate programme dedicated to literature and publishing, this well-established and popular MA provides the opportunity to study the history and business of publishing within the context of literary study. The programme offers a perspective on the industrial and commercial dimensions to the production of literature, with taught components providing insights into book and magazine production, copy-editing, electronic publishing, and book history, as well as advanced literary studies. Recently offered modules include: Contemporary Publishing; Electronic Publishing; Copyediting and Proofreading; Book History; Media Law; Introduction to Business; Promotion Management; Textual Studies; Literature and Colonialism; Literature of North America; Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art; Travel Literature; W.B. Yeats and the Cultural Revolution; Writing about Theatre and Performance; Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey; Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present; Representations of the Book in Literature and Film; Digital Film and Culture; and Introduction to Digital Humanities. In addition to selecting from a wide variety of such taught modules, students complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a subject of their own choice.
3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE
1. Professional journal: The publication of the journal ROPES is integral to the programme and students take full responsibility for its production.
2. Speaker series: A regular series, Publishers on Publishing, brings people working in publishing in Ireland and abroad to discuss their careers.
3. Visits and volunteering: There may be opportunities for visits to publishing houses or other relevant businesses. Many students volunteer with local book fairs and literary festivals, and some become interns with Irish publishers.
Minimum Entry Requirements
QQI Level 8 degree or equivalent, H2.2 overall with H2.1 in one subject. GPA 3.0 or equivalent. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable.
Modules offered are: Contemporary Publishing; Electronic Publishing; Copyediting and Proofreading; Publishing Law; Marketing Communications; Introduction to Business; Digital Marketing; Book History; Textual Studies; Representations of the Book in Literature and Film; The Nineteenth Century Literary Marketplace; Travel Literature; Literature of North America; Medieval Aesthetics and Poetic Art; Discovering the Archives; Cultural Journalism; From Globe to Globe; Irish Drama and Theatre from Wilde to O'Casey; Irish Drama and Theatre from Beckett to the Present; Thinking about Theatre; Literature and Colonialism; Studies in Oral History; Studies in Regional Identities; Film in the Digital Age.
1 year full-time.
Post Course Info
Graduates have found positions in a range of fields, including publishing, advertising, bookselling, journalism, arts administration, public relations and teaching. Employers include Gill & Macmillan, Columba Press, the Educational Company of Ireland, Business & Finance, Angry Robot, Elsevier and Penguin. Some graduates opt for further study in doctoral programmes.