This is a new MA programme building on the thriving undergraduate programme in Comparative Literature. This field, sometimes also understood as comparative cultural studies, has since its beginnings recognised the realities of cultural movement, of exchange and dialogue. At its centre is the notion of ‘world literature’ along with attention to cultural, philosophical and theoretical questions. Research skills and training are an integral part of the MA. You will enjoy some flexibility in your choice of modules, while at the same time benefiting from the guidance of your tutor to ensure coherence in your studies. Whichever topics you study, you will have the opportunity to develop your academic writing skills.
The curriculum consists of a core module, running over two terms, which deals with the history and nature of Comparative Literature as a discipline and which examines interdisciplinary, cross-national approaches to literature and critical theory.
You will also choose two optional modules such as:
Novels Behaving Badly
Orientalism in European Literature
History, Fiction, Memory in French Cinema
Reading Images: Painting, Photography, Film
European Jewish Literature
In Pursuit of Prejudice? Mutual Perceptions of Identity
Modules will normally each require a written essay of 4,000 words, along with a dissertation of 10,000 words, which counts for one-third of the overall mark.
You will need a first class or good upper second class honours degree in an area such as comparative literature, languages, English, philosophy, classics, and history. Knowledge of one or more languages other than English is desirable, though presently not a pre-requisite. Applications from graduates from other countries are welcome. Where English is not your first language, you will need to be highly proficient in English for academic purposes.