Our course invites you to join a team of leading scholars. You will think critically about texts as radical interventions in a changing world.
The English Literature MA offers an intellectually challenging, innovative programme of study. It is directly informed by the outstanding research of staff in the School of English. The course emphasis is on key critical developments in literary studies, such as:
- the relation of shifting aesthetic forms to political radicalism
- the biographies of books
- how authors and texts articulate their relationship to shifting geographies of cultural power
- textual editing from manuscript to print to digital platforms
- the sexual politics of public and private life in literature
- the mind, the body and affect as sites of and for representation
- the aesthetics and politics of American and world literatures
The MA moves away from period-based literary studies. Instead, it considers texts in the context of established and emerging scholarship and theory.
The School has an international reputation for high-quality research. It also has a friendly research environment. This makes it the ideal place for postgraduate engagement with major issues in English literary studies from 1500 to the present.
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At Newcastle University we have a range of research interests within English Literature. We produce outstanding research on subjects as chronologically distinct as Chaucer and cyberpunk.
Our work has a geographical range across:
- the British Isles
- the Americas
- Anglophone Africa
We research and offer supervision in all major genres, including:
We also have world-leading expertise in many emerging forms, including:
- life writing
- children's literature
- digital media
Our aim is to combine excellence in established areas of research across a full range of periods and genres, with innovation in critical and textual scholarship. We are particularly keen to:
- investigate the contexts of literary production
- use and develop archival sources
- integrate the critical with the creative work that goes on in the School
We contribute to many research groups in the University, including the:
- Postcolonial Research Group
- Gender Research Group
- Americas Research Group
- Centre for Film and Digital Media
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Along with colleagues from the Universities of Durham, Northumbria and Sunderland we are also key members of the:
- Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies
- North East Forum in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies
The course provides an excellent foundation for doctoral research. It also develops skills that are valuable for a career in:
- the creative and cultural industries
- media and journalism
- heritage management
The course structure allows you to tailor your own programme of study. It includes:
- optional modules
- compulsory research methods modules
- a dissertation of your choice, supervised by an expert in the field
Teaching typically takes place on Tuesdays (11 am-1pm and 4 pm-6 pm) and Thursdays (11 am-1pm and 4 pm-6 pm) during the teaching semesters.
You will choose four 20 credit modules from a range of options (80 credits). Our optional modules are thematically structured and cover literature from the 16th to the 21st centuries.
You will also take two 20 credit compulsory modules. These modules cover major critical issues in the subject of English Literature. They also include training in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research methodologies. This training is essential preparation for your individual research in the MA dissertation.
Our vibrant postgraduate research community enjoy:
- a dedicated workspace
- common room
- excellent computing facilities
You will also benefit from a range of partnerships, which offer archival materials. These include:
- Seven Stories: National Centre for Children's Books
- The Wordsworth Trust (Dove Cottage)
- Bloodaxe Books
- Northern Stage
- Live Theatre
- Tyneside Cinema
Newcastle University Library has a strong range of archival materials in Special Collections.
The library also houses the Bloodaxe archive. This is a unique collection of materials relating to one of Britain's leading poetry publishers.