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Literary Studies: Pathway in Critical Theory MA

Literary Studies: Pathway in Critical Theory MA

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Critical Theory

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

This pathway of our MA Literary Studies degree gives you the chance to study critical literary and cultural theory. You'll look at a range of theoretical issues in literary and cultural theory from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. This starts with Nietzsche and includes thinkers and theorists like Freud, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Blanchot, Derrida, Benjamin and Adorno. You'll also look at structuralism, gender, and postcolonial theory. The main focus will be on the relationship of theory to literary and cultural criticism but you will also be able to concentrate on theoretical concepts in their own right. You'll develop transferable skills, including: enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts; the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials; the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments. Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in: publishing; journalism; public relations; teaching; advertising; the civil service; business; industry; the media.

Different course options

Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP

Modules

This core module for the pathway in ‘Modern Literary Theory’ surveys key currents in literary and cultural theory from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. Beginning with the examination of shifting ideas and theories of the ‘literary’ in the module of the discipline’s development, it goes on to explore ten key thinkers and tendencies, starting with Nietzsche. These will include Freud, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Benjamin and Adorno, Structuralism, Blanchot, Derrida, Gender and Postcolonial Theory. Although the question of the relationship of theory to literary and cultural criticism is a central one, the module will enable you to focus on theoretical concepts in their own right. You will also be asked to consider the theoretical implications of the particular formal and stylistic choices made by the thinkers covered.
Dissertation - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£6,780

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£14,330

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren’t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.