MA Contemporary Literature & Culture

Birkbeck’s MA Contemporary Literature and Culture offers students the opportunity to specialise in twenty-first-century literature and culture, as well as exposing them to the most important literary and theoretical developments of the last few decades. This MA includes consideration of the philosophical legacy of postmodernism, the effects of new technologies on narrative form, and the aesthetic, spatial and political coordinates of writing produced in an increasingly networked and globalised world.

Through a range of literary and interdisciplinary options, students have the opportunity to pursue their own interests, whether they lie in exciting developments in contemporary poetics, in US, British, or postcolonial literatures, in contemporary theoretical approaches to art, or in socio-historical approaches to the literary and cultural constructions of vectors such as nation, race, diaspora, gender, sexuality and class. The MA provides a comprehensive programme of study that covers the aesthetic, historical and political dimensions of contemporary literature and culture.

Click here to read our programme handbook (2017-2018).

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