MA in Philosophy and Literature


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The Masters of Arts in Philosophy and Literature is an interdisciplinary one-year programme (or two years part-time), designed to offer graduates of either philosophy or literature (English and other literatures) the opportunity to study the many areas of overlap between the disciplines. The central questions concern the status of the text, the status of the world represented in the text, and the relationship between the reader, the text, the author, and that world.

The programme comprises six modules. Please see below an indicative module list for 2017-18 academic year.  This means the following:

(A) one compulsory module: PHIL40410 Philosophy and Literature (Danielle Petherbridge / Elisa Magri), offered in Semester 2

(B) two of the following philosophy modules:

Semester 1

  • PHIL41320 Topics in Continental Philosophy (Danielle Petherbridge)
  • PHIL40430 Philosophy of the Emotions (Rowland Stout)

Semester 2

  • PHIL40250 Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception (Tim Mooney)
  • PHIL41280 Feminist & Gender Theory (Katherine O'Donnell)
  • PHIL41420 Philosophy of Hedonism & Death (Tatjana von Solodkoff)

(C) one of the following literary theory modules:

Semester 1

  • ENG40940 Theory of Gender & Sexuality
  • GER40040 Translation Theory
  • SLL40230 Intro to Cultural Theory

Semester 2

  • SLL40130 Introduction to Theory

(D) and two of the following literature modules (the following list includes those modules from Section (C):

Semester 1

  • ENG40900 American Theatre
  • ENG40940 Theory of Gender & Sexuality
  • ENG41840 American Lyric: Document and Memoir
  • FR40070 L'écriture migrante
  • GER40040 Translation Theory
  • ITAL40300 Writing World War I in Italy
  • SLL40230 Introduction to Cultural Theory
  • AMST40410 American Culture

Semester 2

  • ENG40880 Nineteenth-Century American Writing
  • ENG41670 Contemporary US Genre Fiction
  • GER40080 Literature and Opera
  • GER40230 Vienna 1900
  • SLL40130 Introduction to Theory

Please note: the School of Philosophy is not responsible for modules in other schools. Some of these modules may not be accessible to students on this MA programme because of (i) cancellation, (ii) oversubscription, or (iii) a timetable clash. Changes in the timetables of other Schools might be made as late as August. Even when a module is available to philosophy students, places may be limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information may be available from the websites of the Schools in question: ENG modules are offered by the School of English, Drama and Film; FR, GER, ITAL and SLL modules are offered by the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics; GRC modules are offered by the School of Classics; AMST modules are offered by the UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies. Once students have decided which of these modules they would like to enrol in, they should contact the relevant module co-ordinator as soon as possible to discuss the requirements and expectations of the module. Sometimes the essay-writing and assessment criteria of an English Literature module may differ from those of a Philosophy module.

In addition to the six modules, students must also write a dissertation of 12-15,000 words on a relevant topic, due in August 2018. The dissertation must be supervised by a member of the School of Philosophy, although students may consult members of other schools for informal advice.

Any questions about the programme should be addressed to the programme co-ordinator, Danielle Petherbridge.

All administrative enquiries should be sent to the School Manager:

UCD School of Philosophy
Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Tel: +353 1 716 8186

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