MA English Literary Studies : World and Postcolonial Cultures

Programme overview 

The World and Postcolonial Cultures pathway gives you the opportunity to specialise in film, literature and critical theoretical concepts as part of the English department’s flexible MA programme. You will be taught by scholars with expertise in archival studies and material cultures, critical theory, ecocriticism, commodity fictions, film studies, print cultures, and the creative industries. The MA pathway allows students to adapt their module choice to their own specialist interests, with modules exploring ideas such as anti-colonial nationalism, neo-colonialism, writing Black Britain, trans-nationalism, resource conflicts, Black Power, partition and border conflicts, and world revolutions in film and fiction.

This pathway highlights the transformation of research in World and Postcolonial film and literatures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in relation to processes of decolonisation and globalisation, and issues such as partition, ecological crisis, and literary activism. It encourages you to think in an interdisciplinary way and will enable you to question the range of stylistic, artistic and theoretical responses to the dynamic cultural and socio-political changes directly linked to the colonial experience, decolonisation, neo-colonialism and globalisation across regions as diverse as, but not limited to, Africa, the Caribbean, and East and South Asia.

Your postgraduate studies will be grounded in a selection of taught modules, supported by a highly commended research training programme. It will culminate in a dissertation supervised by a specialist in World and Postcolonial Cultures. During your studies and research you will have access to a wide range of library resources and archival holdings relevant to world and postcolonial literature and film. You will also be able to consult a unique collection of materials on the Middle East and the collection of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.

The MA programme is designed to foster critical thinking and a spirit of intellectual enquiry, and offers you comprehensive training in independent research. It will equip you with an ideal foundation for further doctoral research in this dynamic area of English Literary and Film Studies.