English Literature

MSc by Research American Literature

This MScR degree programme enables students to develop more intensively their interests in aspects of American literature, from first colonisation to the present, post-9/11 moment.

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We offer expert-led teaching across the chronological and conceptual diversity of the field. Seminar-based teaching allows students to critically engage with topics as diverse as the Black Atlantic, postmodernist fiction, and the poetics of republicanism.

Option courses

Please note that your choice of options depends on availability and will be decided in consultation with your supervisor.

Learning outcomes

Students should:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of the roles played by various forms of writing in reflecting and influencing key elements of American cultural and political identity, from colonisation to the present day
  • deepen their knowledge and understanding of selected themes and topics in a way that enables them to select and execute an independent piece of research
  • develop a familiarity with the variety of methodologies that can be used to map the literary contours of America, so as to acquire a critical understanding of some of the ways in which its writing has been conceptualised and understood by scholars, past and present
  • gain a grasp of the methodological issues and problems of literary and cultural analysis, equipping them with experience of creating original academic work to underpin (where appropriate) further interdisciplinary research at PhD level


To discuss possible topics and areas for the MSc by Research in American Literature please contact Dr Andrew Taylor.

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