MA - Master of Arts
North America: Literature Cultural Studies
Explore American culture through its diverse literature and through related media including drama, film and photography. This course allows you to examine one of the most influential cultures in history through its literature and other creative outputs, while also gaining an in-depth understanding of issues relating to American studies. With optional modules spanning the 19th century to the present day, you’ll enhance your understanding of each item you study by situating it in its wider social context. Our teaching and research examine American culture from a wide variety of perspectives, including literary culture, masculinity and gender, globalisation, Jewish narratives and African-American writing.
You’ll have opportunities to delve into areas of personal interest, and explore a chosen subject in greater detail through an independent research project.
Learning and teaching
Most of your modules will be taught in small-group seminars, where you will discuss particular topics in each module with your tutor and the class. Independent study is also an important element of this course, allowing you to develop and then demonstrate valuable skills in independent research and analysis.
Most option modules are assessed by one 4,000 word essay. The research project/dissertation is 12,000-15,000 words in length.
This degree will allow you build on your knowledge and acquire transferable skills that are very attractive to employers.
You’ll have sophisticated research and analytical skills that allow you to consider complex information from different sources, and you’ll also be able to communicate and defend your views clearly either verbally or in writing. You’ll also be comfortable working independently or in a team and have good cultural awareness.
If you’re interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, this degree offers excellent preparation for PhD-level research through the dissertation and research methods modules. However, you’ll also have the skills to succeed in careers in publishing, advertising, broadcasting, journalism, law and teaching.
Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or above in English or American literature, a degree scheme including English or American Literature or a related subject, or equivalent qualification.