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Goldsmiths, University of London: Literary Studies: Pathway in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department English and Creative Writing
Study type Taught


This pathway of the MA in Literary Studies focuses especially on twentieth and twenty-first century literature.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Modern Literature pathway at Goldsmiths - On the compulsory module for this programme, you'll look at the most significant trends, influences, and movements in twentieth-century literature. This includes literary realism, expressionism, absurdism, writing on the Holocaust, and the emergence of poststructuralism and postmodernism.

  • We study some of the most important European and American texts of this time period and situate them within their relevant cultural contexts. We'll get you reading and analysing works by James Joyce, André Gide, Samuel Beckett, W.G. Sebald, Primo Levi and Virginia Woolf – among others.

  • You'll have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to modern literature.

  • You will be able to further develop your interest in literary theory or literary-theoretical approaches to literature and culture through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.


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