Coventry University - MA English Literature

Coventry University

MA English Literature

MA English Literature is an exciting opportunity to study local and global literature, from the Renaissance through to the present day. Engaging with cutting-edge critical theories and through embodied learning, students will consider the importance of literature for the regional and global concerns of the twenty-first century. The analytical, critical, and research skills developed in this course prepare students for entry into a wide range of careers.

  • You will have the option to apply for a ‘professional experience’ opportunity2, designed to further develop your skills and knowledge with the aim of maximizing your employability prospects. See modules for more information.
  • Engaging with cutting-edge critical theories and through embodied learning, students will consider the importance of literature for the regional and global concerns of the twenty-first century.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a good undergraduate degree, in a social science or humanities-related subject, or equivalent international grade/qualification, from a recognized University.

IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English program before you start your course.

Career Prospects

MA English Literature prepares students for further postgraduate study, as well as entry into careers in arts and cultural industries, and research organizations. This MA also readies students for the wider world of work in a culturally diverse global marketplace; highly transferable and timely skills enable graduates to capitalize on a job market increasingly defined by flexibility and ecological concerns.

The innovative assessment types in this course hone essential written, oral, and digital communication skills. Employers value the ability of Literature graduates to quickly synthesize and effectively communicate material from diverse knowledge domains, bringing to bear their analytic and critical skills to the information-rich workplaces of the twenty-first century.

Upon successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • Major literary periods, movements, and genres
  • Advanced research methods and tools
  • Cutting-edge critical theory
  • The relationship between literature and the environment
  • The climate emergency and intersecting crises including biodiversity loss, habitat destruction, pollution, climate justice, and more; cultural, political, and technological approaches to the environmental crisis.

Course Details

MA English Literature explores the interrelations between literature and the environments in which it is produced and received. It employs a broad understanding of the word ‘environment’ to include wilderness, wasteland, urban, suburban and domestic spaces. It seeks to understand the role of literature in collective human and non-human resistance and adaptation to environmental change.

As a space that was violently and rapidly unmade and remade during and in the wake of the Second World War, Coventry itself provides a fascinating case study of the evolving relationship between people, non-human animals and the built environment, of the environmentally destructive capacities of war, and of its imbrication with nationalisms and the legacies of colonialism.

This course emphasises real-world engagement and experiential learning. A typical year with us might include following the river Sherbourne into and out of Coventry and examining the use of space and objects in public buildings; a visit to a landfill site to facilitate discussion on waste disposal innovation; a trip to Lake Geneva to reflect on how the strange weather of 1816 shaped the works Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, and Byron; and opportunities to conduct in-depth case studies of how literature has galvanised communities of resistance in response to environmental catastrophes such as the Bhopal disaster in India.

Year One

• Utopian & Dystopian Writing: Identity, Education & Ecology
• Shakespearean Spaces
• Romantic Environments and Emotions
• Environment and the American West
• Gothic Nature
• Postcoloniality and Environment
• Research Methods
• Dissertation
• Transnational Professional Development

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