Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

This programme begins with an investigation of literary and theoretical conceptions of modernity in early 20th'century literature, focusing on topics such as urbanisation, technology, mass culture, individualism and subjectivity. You will also have the chance to analyse the historical transformations of literature and cultural thought from 1945, using the contexts of post'war reconstruction, decolonisation, the fate of avant'garde art, and theories of postmodernity and globalisation. The emergence of international literary paradigms during the twentieth century is reflected in the choice of texts from British, American and post'colonial contexts.

Course Modules

Core modules: Becoming modern; post'war to contemporary. Option modules: A confusion of tongues: Illness, language, writing; African and Asian filmic narrative; contemporary British poetry; contemporary US fiction; language matters; modernism and vulgarity; modernist writers and the first World War; Narrating Nation after 9/11; Reading Adorno's Aesthetic Theory; T. S. Eliot; the horror, the horror; 21st'century feminist fiction and the world in crisis; voiceworks.

Course Additional Entry

Good second'Class degree in English or a related subject. Non'standard entry qualifications or appropriate training and experience will be considered. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees