English (American Literature and Film)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 5.85 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 12.6 k / Year(s)  
301–350 place StudyQA ranking:4585 Duration:12 months

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This interdisciplinary MA course encourages you to explore American culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, from the age of immigration and the Jazz Age of the 1900s-1920s to the present day.

This course explores American literature across the genres and American film, from the 1900s to the present day. Topics include: the age of immigration in literature and film, with particular reference to Irish-American and Jewish-American fiction and films; the Jazz Age of the 1920s; the African American literature of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s; the American South and its cultural traditions; the Depression era of the 1930s, its literary, filmic, photographic, documentary, and musical culture; the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the film and fiction of Cold War America; American drama from the 1920s to the present; American postmodernity and post 9/11 fictions. Throughout, the course explores issues of race, gender and sexuality.

You will gain a wide-ranging knowledge of modern American culture in literature and film, and an understanding of the broader historical context of American culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. You will be encouraged to read broadly, view a broad range of filmic texts, and to engage with the diverse aspects of the course.

Taught Element
The subject modules and the Literary Research Skills module comprise the taught element of the MA and run from October to March. The subject modules introduce students to the specific thematic area of their choice. The Literary Research Skills module aims to equip MA students for the development and implementation of their research strategy through the acquisition of a range of research skills.

Research Element
Dissertation: the dissertation will be written between March and the end of September, and will be submitted in October. It will be supervised by a member(s) of staff, after consultation and agreement, and will be 15,000 to 17,000 words. Supervision will take place between March and the end of September.

Part 1
* EN6009 Contemporary Literary Research: Skills, Methods and Strategies (10 credits)
* EN6029 American Modernities: from modernism to postmodernity (10 credits)
* EN6030 Imagining America: theory, identity, gender (10 credits)
* EN6045 Mapping America: city and region (10 credits)
* EN6046 Race and ethnicity in American Literature, Film, and Drama (10 credits)

Note: Subject to the approval of the MA programme co-ordinators, students may substitute one 10-credit module with a 10-credit module from one of the other three MA programmes: Irish Writing and Film; Modernities: Romanticism, Modernism, Post-Modernism; Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance.

Part II
* EN6017 Dissertation (40 credits)

Lecturers

* Dr Lee Jenkins
* Dr Alan Gibbs
* Dr Gwenda Young
* Dr Anne Etienne
* Dr Maureen OConnor
* Dr Jools Gilson

To apply for this course, you will have: * a 2.1 (Hons) degree or above or equivalent qualification in English (single, major, or joint BA Hons), or * the expectation of graduating with a 2.1 (Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in English (single, major, or joint BA) in the year of entry, or * a 2.1 (Hons) degree in a cognate subjectThe selection committee for the MA in the Department of English, University College Cork also attaches strong importance to the additional supplementary online questions and the online 500 word personal statement for the the MA in English (American Literature and Film): CKE27AdditonalQuestions (108kB) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5

Postgraduate Funding - College of Arts Celtic Studies and Social Science
CACSSS Taught Masters Scholarships

These Scholarships cover the EU fee for Taught Masters programmes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and are awarded on a competitive basis.


CACSSS PhD Scholarships

These Scholarships cover the EU fee for PhD programmes in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and are awarded on a competitive basis.


Other funding opportunities, such as the Erasmus Mobility Grant and the Murphy Irish Exchange with the University of Notre Dame, can be found on the Funding page of the Graduate School.

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