MA in Literature and Culture

 

BECOMING MODERN, BECOMING CONTEMPORARY

The MA in Literature & Culture is UCD School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing’s flagship MA programme in English-language literature and culture. Led by our world-class researchers and teachers, the MA in Literature & Culture combines a foundation in critical methods and literary and cultural studies with wide-ranging options for specialist study. Students are invited to ground their cultural study before developing a unique pathway of study tailored directly to their area(s) of interest. Our wide-ranging module options will give you an extraordinary breadth and depth of understanding in your chosen discipline. The dissertation affords you the opportunity to develop a major research project with one-to-one mentoring from an expert researcher, along with the resources of our excellent library and archives, as well as access to Ireland’s entire library system, leading research institutions and active interdisciplinary networks. On this course, you will enhance your understanding of the rich and complex heritages of the field, hone your research and writing skills and be part of our vibrant postgraduate community, which hosts a theory reading group, a reading group, and an active link to the interdisciplinary programs at the Humanities Institute.

The program allows a range of specializations from Genre Studies and Modern and Contemporary Cultures to Environmental Humanities and Public Humanities, with all modules emerging from the current research of our faculty. Our teaching and research expertise covers a wide range of Transatlantic and World literatures, with each program experience designed to ground its students in transhistorical contexts and the deep engagement of present moments with past periods in various forms. This long excavation of modernity allows students with modern and contemporary focus to properly anchor their research in context, and affords student whose interest lies in earlier periods to explore a series of transdisciplinary and focused, period-specific modules.

Our modern and contemporary focused students increasingly include film and media in their research, and with this in mind our exceptional Film and Media faculty help guide students in developing their interdisciplinary research skills, while those with interests in earlier periods are guided by our excellent Early Modern and Romantic scholars. Finally, students with an interest in creative writing avail of a range of modules that explore, theorize, and practice creative components, in collaboration with our eminent team of creative writing faculty.

 

Course Content and Structure

At the beginning of your course of study, you will be offered a one-to-one meeting with a programme coordinator to discuss your specific interests and goals. Students are then encouraged to develop their own concentration in collaboration with faculty, either of their own making or across our suggested areas of focus for 2021-22, which are as follows:

Modern/Contemporary Writing and Media

Environmental Humanities

Poetry

At the centre of the MA in Literature & Culture is a supervised dissertation, which gives you the unique opportunity to work closely on a topic of your choosing, working one-to-one with published experts in your field of specialization. Subject to demand, students are also able to take courses in our parallel MA programmes in Irish Literature and Culture, and in Gender, Sexuality and Culture.

Modules may include:

Concepts of Modernity

World-Systems, World-Literature: Mapping the Planet

American Lyric: Document and Memoir
Memory Cultures
Feeling Modern: Thinking and Being in 18th and 19th-Century Britain

Contemporary U.S. Genre Fiction: Intersection, Disruption, Protest
Social Network Analysis and Fiction

American Modernism at Home

Theorising Creativity

Chick Flicks

Stardom and Celebrity

Queer Frictions

Theorising Irish Cultures

 

Facilities and Resources

Conveniently situated in the heart of Dublin, students in UCD have access to the leading libraries and cultural archives of Ireland, including UCD’s excellent James Joyce Library and the UCD Special Collections, the National Library of Ireland, the Irish Film Archive, the Irish Theatre Institute, Royal Irish Academy, National Gallery of Ireland and Marsh’s Library. vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community, with weekly School research seminars, an active, dynamic English Graduate Society, and regular conferences, symposia and other events that our MA students are encouraged to get involved in. MA students are also encouraged to draw on the extensive expertise and range of events hosted by our exceptional research institutes and networks, including the Humanities Institute, UCD Environmental Humanities, Single Lives: the Singleness Studies Research Group, Architecture and Narrative, the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland and many others.

 

Testimonials

The MA in Literature and Culture is an excellent programme that allows students to delve into a wide range of literary studies whilst also allowing students to pursue more focused interests. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on this course, largely due to the outstanding cohort of teaching staff and fellow students.

The research and analysis skills I developed throughout my degree have been invaluable both on a personal level as I pursue further research and study and professionally, in my current position with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

  • Chloe Power       

 

Pursuing the MA in Literature and Culture on a part-time basis helped me to further my interest in modern and contemporary literature and develop an understanding of the origins and cultural influences that incited these works. The course was thoughtfully devised to offer modules that focused on foundational concepts and texts which expressed them, outlining a clear connection between key theories and their representation in literature. The expertise and enthusiasm of the faculty, and support they provided during the programme, not only provided me with a concentrated knowledge of this field but also made the experience wholly enjoyable.

  • Deirdre McEvoy

 

Where are they now?

Our students go on to a wide and diverse range of exciting careers including journalism, advocacy, arts management, advertising, publishing, copy editing, further research, teaching and medicine and associated sciences.

 

MA in Literature & Culture teaching team:

Our teaching and advisory team changes with each programme, but has recently included

Professor John Brannigan

Dr Lucy Cogan

Dr Luca Crispi

Professor Nick Daly

Dr Sharae Deckard

Associate Professor Fionnuala Dillane

Dr Katherine Fama

Professor Porscha Fermanis

Professor Jane Grogan

Dr Clare Hayes-Brady

Dr Naomi McAreavey

Professor Gerardine Meaney

Dr Anne Mulhall

Dr Michelle O’Connell

Associate Professor Niamh Pattwell

Associate Professor Emilie Pine

Dr Emma Radley

Associate Professor Rebecca Stephenson

Dr Maria Stuart

Associate Professor Nerys Williams

 

More information and online applications HERE 

For further information on this programme, please contact the MA Coordinator Professor Nicholas Daly (nicholas.daly@ucd,ie). For further information on the application process, please contact the Graduate Administrator. (graduateedf@ucd.ie)