Literature and Material Culture 1750 to present
This brand new MA focuses on an area of increasing interest to critics and theorists: the relationship between literature and materiality. Material culture has formed an increasingly important aspect of literary studies over the last decade, with subjects as diverse as travel, food, space, the city, sexuality, the body, violence, shopping, work, reading, and the family being fore-grounded in a number of significant literary studies.
Theoretical approaches and methodologies such as cultural materialism, new historicism, book studies, popular culture studies and the like have provided a framework in which the relationship between literature and the culture that surrounds it has been re-examined, and in which the materiality of the text has begun to emerge as evermore important.
The MA in Literature and Material Culture concentrates on literature from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, considering a diverse range of canonical, popular and forgotten texts in relation to key aspects of the study of material culture.