Taught course

American Literatures

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

We will consider all applicants with 2:2 or above, or equivalent international qualifications.

For some courses, there may be additional requirements which can be found on our website.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 modernities 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).

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Information for international students

Entry requirements

You can find international entry requirements for most countries on our webpage www.essex.ac.uk/international. If your country is not listed, please contact Postgraduate Admissions at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

Pre-sessional English Language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before joining your main degree course, we offer pre-sessional English courses on our campuses in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. To learn more, please visit www.essex.ac.uk/international/pre-sessional

Funding

You can explore scholarship opportunities for your country at www.essex.ac.uk/international or view our university-wide scholarships at www.essex.ac.uk/scholarships.

Fees and funding

There are a wide range of funding options for postgraduate study, including scholarships, bursaries and alumni discounts. You can check your eligibility at https://www.essex.ac.uk/postgraduate/masters/fees-and-funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
pgadmit@essex.ac.uk