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University of Glasgow: English Literature: American Modern Literature

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

The Masters in American Modern Literature focuses on the American Literature of the late nineteenth to the twenty-first century. The required courses range across fields and genres including art history, film, ecocriticism, sociology, urban studies, travel writing, and music, as well as providing a grounding in traditional and emerging narratives of modern American literary history.

Literary analysis will be informed by Glasgow’s tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to American culture, drawing on film, music, philosophy, and art to help frame the development of American modern literature.

You will be able to work with a team of internationally-renowned North Americanists to develop your research skills and pursue your own research interests in relation to American modern literature.

Literary analysis will be informed by Glasgow’s tradition of interdisciplinary approaches to American culture, drawing on film, music, philosophy, and art to help frame the development of American modern literature. You will be able to work with a team of internationally-renowned North Americanists to develop your research skills and pursue your own research interests in relation to American modern literature. The university offers superb archival resources in the Special Collections of our library, the Hunterian Art Gallery and Museum as well as the nearby Kelvingrove Museum.

You will take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

The course themes: Cities, Institutions, Movements, Entertainments and Anthologies represent the efforts to see writers and canons in dynamic contexts. The course also promotes dialogue and effective comparisons between sessions, suggesting different routes that you may pursue in depth during your degree.

You will also produce a dissertation.

Semester 1

  • RESEARCH TRAINING COURSE
  • MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE 1
  • ONE OPTIONAL COURSE

Semester 2

  • MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE 2
  • TWO OPTIONAL COURSES

Summer

  • MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE DISSERTATION

The two semesters of coursework are followed by one term of supervised work towards a 15,000 word dissertation. The topic normally arises out of the work of the previous two semesters, but the choice is very much open to the student’s own initiative. Your supervisor helps you to develop the proposal and plan the most appropriate reading and methodology.

Optional courses

  • THE AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE, 1945-75
  • AMERICAN FICTION OF THE 1930S
  • CANADIAN LITERATURE (PGT)
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, EDITH WHARTON AND DIALOGUES OF AMERICAN LITERARY MODERNISM
  • THE MIND OF THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN NOVEL

You may also take other courses within English Literature’s PGT offerings and, with the convenor’s permission, one course from elsewhere in the College of Arts and the University.

The critical and analytical skills that you will acquire include:

  • the ability to find, select and manage large quantities of information
  • confident and persuasive oral and written communication
  • problem solving through creative and critical thinking.

These make this programme an ideal step towards an academic or other career.

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
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