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

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

Summary

Guided by a team of internationally recognised experts, you will investigate the key texts and concepts that 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.

The programme 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 programme 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 programme 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

  • RESEARCH TRAINING COURSE
  • MODERNITIES I:1880-1945
  • One option course

Semester 2 - January to March

  • MODERNITIES 2: 1945 TO THE PRESENT
  • Two option courses

Summer - April to September

  • MODERNITIES DISSERTATION

Part-time students

First year

  • RESEARCH TRAINING COURSE
  • MODERNITIES I:1880-1945
  • MODERNITIES 2: 1945 TO THE PRESENT
  • One option course

Second year

  • Two option courses
  • MODERNITIES DISSERTATION

Option courses

We have affiliated option courses, and students may also choose from courses in the subject, School, and College of Arts (by arrangement with conveners and subject to agreement and availability of places). 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 including, but not limited to:

  • AFRICAN MODERNITIES: COLONIALISM AND POSTCOLONIALISM IN THE NOVEL
  • THE AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE, 1945-75
  • CONTEMPORARY REALISMS
  • FANTASIES OF ENERGY (PGT)
  • MODERN EVERYDAY
  • THE MIND OF THE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN NOVEL
  • VIRGINIA WOOLF WRITES MODERNITY
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, EDITH WHARTON AND DIALOGUES OF AMERICAN LITERARY MODERNISM
  • FUTURES: UNBUNDLING THE NOW

Delivery

All taught courses are 20 credits and are delivered in weekly 2 hour seminars or similar.

Students are taught in seminars 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.

Modernities has been producing successful graduates for over 15 years and provides excellent preparation for PhD study and an academic career, as well as developing key skills valued by employers in journalism, the heritage and creative industries, and other related educational and vocational careers.

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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. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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