Writing the Modern World, University of East Anglia (UEA)

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Writing in the Modern World is devoted to the critical and creative study of 20th and 21st century literature. Writing is understood as what we read and what we make; exploring the interrelation of the two activities is central to this MA. As a student on Writing the Modern World you will both reflect on and participate in this on-going dynamic of thinking, reading and writing about modern and contemporary literature.


At the core of this degree are two innovative modules: Living Modernism and Creative-Critical Writing. Theory in both of these modules is treated as an interactive component of the 20th and 21st century literary tradition. Two further modules are selected from a variety of specialist options, including ones from related MA programmes. The programme concludes with a dissertation, where students work one-to-one with a tutor on a topic of their own choosing.


As well as being taught by prize-winning scholars and authors, you will also encounter the foremost figures in contemporary writing via the UEA Literary Festival. As a postgraduate student in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing you'll be part of a vibrant mix of MA and PhD students who are engaged in writing the modern world in a variety of ways: from producing critical studies of novels, poetry or plays through to writing their own.


Many students have used their course dissertation as a testing ground for further study at PhD-level. You will be prepared for pursuing doctoral research, but also equipped with transferable skills in research, project management and critical thinking that you are needed to pursue a career outside academia.

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Open to applicants with a good Honours degree - UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent. Applicants must submit a sample of academic writing (essay from undergraduate degree) for assessment. Please visit UEA's website for complete details.

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