University of Glasgow: English Literature: Modernities - Literature, Culture, Theory

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Critical Studies
Study type Taught


Guided by a team of internationally recognised experts, you will investigate the key texts and concepts which shape our understanding of literature and culture across a period of radical change from 1880 to the present. You will relate the literary texts you study to developments in other cultural practices, such as film, theatre and the visual arts.

**Academic contact: Dr Maria Dick:
Admissions enquiries:
September start
MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time**


The MLitt in Modernities at Glasgow has an international reputation for delivering outstanding research-led teaching, with a particular focus on interdisciplinary and theoretically informed approaches to this literary period.

You will have access to world class libraries and museums, as well as the extraordinary diversity of cultural, literary and artistic events that make Glasgow such an enriching place for postgraduate study.

The Modernities MLitt includes tailored workshops with the University’s archives and Special Collections as well as a bespoke field trip to the archives of the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.


**Full-time students**
- Semester 1 - September to December**

- School of Critical Studies Research Training Course

- Modernities 1: 1880-1945

- Option 1

**Semester 2 - January to March**
- Modernities 2: 1945 to the present

- Option 2

- Option 3

**Summer - April to September**
- Dissertation in a topic falling within the Modernities period (1880 to the present day)

**Part-time students**
**First year**
- School of Critical Studies Research Training Course

- Both compulsory Modernities courses

- Option 1

**Second year**
- Option 2

- Option 3

- Dissertation

All taught courses are 20 credits and are delivered in weekly 2 hour seminars or similar.
Seminars are taught to the extent that the student members meet regularly with a tutor and proceed through a planned sequence of reading and discussion. The working style however is exploratory rather than didactic; students are expected to engage fully with primary sources, to develop, express and take responsibility for their own opinions and to work towards independent argument and expression in their resulting coursework and dissertation.
The two compulsory Modernities courses are complementary.
**Modernities 1: 1880-1945**
In the first you will examine some of the foundational modernist movements and manifestos, and investigate some of the ways in which Modernism and modernity were theorised in the period 1880-1945.
**Modernities 2: 1945 to the present**
In the second core course you will examine the 'fallout' of these movements over the last half century or so. Primary reading consists of seminal texts from the modernist and post-modernist periods, as well as of theoretical formulations of early twentieth-century modernity and its continuities. Secondary reading serves as an introduction to recent critical approaches drawing on fields such as narratology, psychoanalysis, feminism, post-colonialism, and cultural theory.
**Option courses**
Option courses will usually be taken from among the 20 credit courses listed under the **general pathway.**
Not all options will be available in any given year, depending on staff availability. A number of option courses have been devised with the needs of the Modernities programme particularly in mind.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.


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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