Literature, Culture and Modernity
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - English and Creative Writing
Start Dates(s): September
MA (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)
UK - £6,252
International - £12,900
- Study in a dynamic interdisciplinary research and teaching environment
- Draw upon the resources and expertise of cultural and literary institutions in the region
- Share your work with peers and academic staff at our Annual MA Conference
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
This course is your chance to refine your critical skills through analysis of the literature and language of the modern period. During your time with us, you’ll learn in a lively research environment and benefit from the University’s links with local cultural organisations, including the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
Your studies will focus on key aspects of literary modernity and explore the interaction between literature and theory. The interdisciplinary nature of the course encourages and stimulates debate on cultural, political and historical issues, as well as analysing the relationships between literature and other cultural forms.
MA Literature, Culture and Modernity helps you to acquire specific skills in a number of areas including critical thinking, research methods, cultural and literary theory, analysing literary and cultural texts in the context of debates on modernity.
You will develop your analytical and conceptual thinking skills and gain the expertise to focus on a specific research topic that interests you. During this course you will carry out advanced research and produce original and innovative studies.
The syllabus consists of four taught modules, followed by a dissertation. You will select three option modules from a range which varies from year to year. Modules focus on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty first century literature and culture, exploring literature in relation to popular and working-class culture, analysing the interaction between literature, cinema and theory, and examining issues of identity, gender and power. You will also follow the core module Literary Research Practice which helps prepare for the dissertation and for further study.
Full-time study option
You will concentrate on the beginnings of modernity in the late eighteenth century. You will also have the opportunity of developing advanced theoretical skills, by benefitting from a hands-on approach to applying theory to literary and cultural texts.
A series of lecture-seminars on philosophical contributions to major questions surrounding contemporary writing:
- What is postmodernism?
- What is the relationship between language and writing?
- How can one write politically?
- How does one’s awareness of gender affect writing?
You will read the work of theorists such as Lyotard, Derrida, Adorno and Butler and examine how a wide variety of contemporary writers have explored these questions in creative practice.
A series of lecture-seminars designed to explore in detail the relationship between a range of cultural forms and their modern context. Topics are likely to include: ; the city; nationalism; modernist fiction; postmodern poetry and performance. These will be accompanied by theoretical reading of figures such as Baudelaire, Habermas, Adorno and Benjamin.
This semester takes the concept of modernity into the twentieth and twenty first century. You will also have the opportunity of starting to develop your own research topic in close consultation with an expert supervisor, which you could then develop for your Dissertation.
This module explores the ways in which literature features in academic and cultural worlds and is taught in block release sessions. You will learn how to maximise your potential as a researcher and consider the ways in which literary writing and research on literature can be disseminated in the wider cultural world. You will look at topics such as literary events and festivals, arts organisations, arts marketing, networking, publishing online and in print, fundraising and sponsorship. You will also visit local arts organizations, where there are opportunities for work experience, and you will develop an independent research project.
This module is dedicated to the work of Manchester native Anthony Burgess and his literary contemporaries, with a special emphasis on literary experiment in the 1960s and 1970s in Britain. It will consider Burgess’ relation to literary culture, his contribution to advances in literary form, and his relation to other writers in the period. We will be reading novels, journalism, and other critical writing by Burgess, as well as works by such writers as J.G. Ballard, Christine Brooke-Rose, B.S. Johnson, Michael Moorcock, Caryl Phillips, and Harold Pinter.
The module is supported by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF) which is located in Manchester city centre. Parts of the module will be held at the IABF, and students will have the opportunity to use the Burgess archive located there.