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English - Modernities - American & British Literature & Film

Course Outline
This MA introduces students to the advanced study of American and British literature and other cultural forms, from the eighteenth century to the present day, as well as to a selection of European and American theoretical works pertaining to the concept of 'modernity'. Under the guidance of leading scholars in their fields, students will encounter some of the most influential contemporary critical and theoretical models currently being applied to the notions of modernity and modernisation, and apply the ideas raised by these theories to a rich variety of works from the Romantic, Victorian, and modernist periods, and the later twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Texts studied range from those of canonical Romantics, including P.B. and Mary Shelley, major Victorian authors such as Charles Dickens, the influential modernists Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf, to innovative recent and contemporary poets, novelists, dramatists, and filmmakers. Among theorists of modernity, students can expect to explore the thought of significant nineteenth-century thinkers, including Carlyle, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, and to examine twentieth/twenty-first-century cultural theory in such fields as deconstruction, ecofeminism, and transhumanism. The encounter with these thinkers and movements will aid the student in debating and developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the broader culture in this era.

The MA in English (Modernities) consists of two parts: a taught course and a dissertation.

Why Choose This Course
This course is the only MA in English offered by an Irish university that provides an advanced and coherent introduction to a selection of literary, theoretical, and other cultural works from the late eighteenth century to the present day.

Entry requirements

Requirements
To be considered for admission to an MA programme within the School of English, an applicant will normally possess a primary degree result of Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) level or higher or equivalent qualification in English or a cognate subject. All candidates must satisfy a Selection Committee who may request applicants to provide letters of reference.

For North American students a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 is expected.

The selection committee for the MA in the Department of English, University College Cork also attaches strong importance to the additional supplementary online questions and the online 500 word personal statement for the MA in English (Modernities: Literature, Theory and Culture from the Romantics to the Present).

English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.

International/non-EU applicants
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Duration

1 year, full time

Number of credits

90 Credits

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This course will provide you with an advanced understanding of an important period in literary and cultural history and knowledge of the theoretical tools required fully to understand this period. It will also equip you with a range of research skills designed to prepare you to present academic research in a variety of forms to a professional standard.

Further enquiries

Professor Alex Davis
e: a.davis@ucc.ie
t: + 353 21 4902185 / 4902241
https://www.ucc.ie/en/english/study/postgraduatestudy/maprogs/

Subjects taught

Students take 90 credits as follows:
Part I (50 credits)
EN6009 Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies (10 credits)
EN6028 Theories of Modernity (10 credits)

Plus

30 credits from:
EN6025 Literary and Cultural Modernisms (10 credits)
EN6026 Postmodernism (10 credits)
EN6027 Romanticism and Modernity (10 credits)
EN6020 Victorian Modernities (10 credits)

Part II (40 credits)
EN6017 Dissertation in English (40 credits).

Note: Subject to the approval of the MA programme coordinators, students may substitute one 10-credit module with one of the following 10-credit modules: EN6048, EN6049, EN6050, EN6051, EN6052, EN6053, EN6054, EN6063. FX6010.

Modules
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Comment

Course Practicalities
The course involves a combination of seminars, consultation, presentations and directed study as well as associated reading. You will carry out independent research for your dissertation in close consultation with your supervisor.

Continuous assessment includes written assignments, in-class exercises, seminar participation, research presentation, and online work.

The members of academic staff teaching on this course are actively engaged in research and have national and international reputations in a range of relevant fields. Details of their areas of expertise and a list of publications can be accessed here:

Professor Graham Allen (literary and cultural theory and Romanticism)

Professor Alex Davis (literary modernism, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish, British, and American poetry)

Dr Anne Etienne (twentieth-century British drama and theatre censorship)

Dr Alan Gibbs (American literature, trauma narratives, and narrative theory)

Professor Lee Jenkins (American Literature, American Studies and transnationalism, literary modernism, Caribbean poetry, and contemporary black British poetry)

Dr Maureen O'Connor (Irish women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century, the dandy, Ireland and ecocriticism/ecofeminism)

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir (Irish women's writing, Irish and British eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writing, the novel in Ireland, post-colonial writing and children's literature)

Dr. Joanna Hofer-Robinson (Dickens and Victoria Literature).

Assessment method

Continuous assessment including written assignments, in-class assignments, seminar participation and presentation, research journal, literature and IT review and research presentation. You will have four written assessments (2000 words each) in the Modernities module and seminar participation.

Application date

Applications for academic year 2020/2021 are open.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught courses, which means offers are made four times a year on a rolling basis. Some courses have one specific closing date, please check your course prospectus page for this information.

The UCC rounds closing dates for postgraduate taught courses are below. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of full applications:
For all completed applications received by January 10th 2020
Offers will be made by January 24th 2020

For all completed applications received by March 2nd 2020
Offers will be made by March 16th 2020

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2020
Offers will be made by May 15th 2020

For all completed applications received by July 1st 2020
Offer will be made by July 15th 2020

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity.

Non-EU Closing Date: 15 June
Non-EU Applicants: Information for Non-EU applicants may be found on the International Office Website https://www.ucc.ie/en/international/

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 7 September 2020

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