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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Gain a rich understanding of the variety and interconnections of American writing, exploring major poetic, fictional, non-fictional and dramatic works. You will read from the cannon of American literature, as well as texts that are topical and contemporary.

At Essex, we challenge the study of the United States as a territorially bound space by embracing an expanded conception of ‘America’, which explores the richness of U.S. and Caribbean literatures in dialogue. This allows you to formulate sophisticated analyses of the role of space and place in the production of American writing and identities.

You explore how cultural geography may be integrated into literary history, concentrating on American literatures topics including:

  • How violence and conflict have shaped writing across the American tropics
  • The difference between reality and the “American Dream”
  • Caribbean modernity’s and post-colonialism
  • US nationalism and regionalism in literature
  • African American literature

We are ranked among the top 200 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2019).

Your future

A good literature degree opens many doors.

We offer supervision for PhD, MPhil, and MA by dissertation in different literatures and various approaches to literature, covering most aspects of early modern and modern writing in English, plus a number of other languages.

Our university is one of only 11 AHRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK. This means that we offer funded PhD studentships which also provide a range of research and training opportunities.

Several our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers, and others are now established as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, publishers’ editors, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, and translators.

Application deadline

01 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,740per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 15 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 155
    n/a

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54.0 54%

    10th

    3
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.89 78%

    6th

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