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MA Literature & Culture

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

This MA programme provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and analysis of English-language literature and culture, with specialised pathways in American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval Literature & Culture; Modern & Contemporary Literature; and Renaissance Literature & Culture.

This MA provides an intensive combination of taught course units and supervised research to develop our students' skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Our chief aim is to enable our students to develop as scholars, researchers, writers and critics in their chosen specialism, equipped with a range of critical skills and methodologies for understanding and analysing literature and culture across multiple historical, social and intellectual contexts.

Choose from a wide range of specialised modules and pathways.

Benefit from expert tuition in a supportive and open learning environment.

Develop your own research topic with one-to-one supervision from a member of our world-class staff.

Be part of a School with a long tradition of excellence and impact in literature that hosts writers-in-residence of international renown.

Be part of the School's vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community, with weekly School research seminars, an active, dynamic English Graduate Society, and regular conferences, symposia and other events that our MA students are encouraged to get involved in.

Further information on the MA in Literature & Culture is available on the UCD School of English, Drama & Film website: http://www.ucd.ie/englishdramafilm/study/postgraduate/literatureandculture/

This programme is of interest to anyone who has a passion for literature and cultural production in English. It will suit those who want to put a 'capstone' on their BA work, but also those who are considering a PhD.

Vision and Values Statement

The MA in Literature & Culture provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of English-language literature and its contexts. This MA provides an intensive combination of taught course units and supervised research to develop our students' skills and confidence as scholars and critics of literature and its contexts. Our chief aim is to enable our students to develop as scholars, researchers, writers and critics in their chosen specialism, equipped with a range of critical skills and methodologies for understanding and analysing literature and culture across multiple historical, social and intellectual contexts. On this MA students are also encouraged to engage critically with key issues and debates in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality and alterity across diverse historical, cultural and geopolitical contexts. Our programme values informed analysis, rigorous research, and methodological innovation. Our teaching practice encourages engagement with existing knowledge and research combined with an openness to new perspectives and self-reflective, socially and politically engaged critical practice. We foster and model these values in seminars and individual supervisions that prioritise challenging, high level discussion and debate within a mutually supportive and respectful environment.

On this MA, students choose one of our five specialised MA pathways, all drawing on the extensive, internationally recognised expertise of our academic staff: American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Culture; Medieval Literature & Culture; Modern & Contemporary Literature; and Renaissance Literature & Culture.

Programme Outcomes

• Demonstrate their facility as readers, thinkers and writers, with advanced skills in detailed textual analysis and close reading

• Demonstrate a developed awareness of historical contexts, theoretical positions and the range of literary and/or cultural production appropriate to their chosen specialization

• Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of literary and cultural analysis, including methodology, in their chosen disciplines and fields

• Make connections across different time periods and cultures, and identify key aesthetic/cultural/social movements in their chosen specialization

• Articulate their knowledge, arguments and ideas clearly and effectively through essays, presentations and proposals

• Demonstrate mastery of advanced techniques in the use of archival and digital resources

• Be effective independent researchers, who can identify a viable research topic and develop this into a research project

Duration

1 Years Full Time 2 Years Part Time

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability

Some of our graduates opt to stay on for doctoral work with a view to career in academia. Most have gone on to work in a wide range of professions, including teaching, journalism, broadcasting, publishing, advertising, the Civil Service, libraries and archives, public relations, creative industries, cultural heritage, arts administration, banking, business and NGO and advocacy work.

Further enquiries

Contact Number:+ 353 1 716 8480

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Dissertation: MA Lit & Culture
ENG41940

Introduction to Literary Research Methods 1
ENG41960

Introduction to Literary Research Methods 2
ENG41970

Stage 1 - Option

Introduction to Palaeography: Medieval and Early Modern Scripts
ARCV41330

Introduction to Early Irish I
EMIR10010

Writing Conflict in Early Modern Ireland
ENG40690

Concepts of Modernity: Histories, Theories, Texts
ENG40720

Outside the Lines: Nineteenth-Century American Writing, Canonicty & Power
ENG40880

American Theatre: Structures & Strategies
ENG40900

Gender and Sexuality in Theory and Representation
ENG40940

Old English A(i): Unlocking the Word Hoard
ENG41000

Chaucer and the Fourteenth Century
ENG41060

World-Systems,World-Literature
ENG41570

Expressions of Modernity
ENG41650

Contemporary US Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
ENG41670

American Lyric: Document and Memoir
ENG41840

Social Network Analysis & Fict
ENG41850

Queer Frictions: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Literature & Culture
ENG41860

Medival Manuscript Fragments
ENG41950

Masculinities, Gender and Equality
EQUL40310

Visualising Ireland: Negotiating Contemporary Irish Cinema
FS40060

Chick Flicks: Women and Hollywood Storytelling
FS40240

Approaches to the Middle Ages
HIS41840

Approaches to the MiddleAges II
HIS41850

Gender and Globalisation
WS40050

Gender, Inequality and Public Policy
WS40150

Space, Place and Gender: Interrogating feminist geographies
WS40300

Gender War and Violence
WS40330

Reproductive Justice and Sexua
WS40360

Students on this programme take two core modules, Literary Research Methods' and the MA Dissertation module, as well as four taught modules from their chosen specialist strand, choosing from a range of core and option modules.

Application date

Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The following entry routes are available:

MA Literature & Culture FT (Z251)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

MA Literature & Culture PT (Z252)
Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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