MA in Popular Literatures

Liverpool Hope University

Program Description

MA in Popular Literatures

Liverpool Hope University

MA in Popular Literatures

This exciting new programme offers students the opportunity to specialize in the study of popular literature within a number of genres – including, for example, early modern drama, the eighteenth century novel, twentieth century detective fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and the graphic novel. It offers the opportunity to analyze texts from both literary and linguistic perspectives. It also includes the possibility of examining the language of advertising, print journalism and magazines.

Study Details / Module Information

Core Modules:

  • Approaching Popular Literatures (15 credits)
  • Popular Literatures: Theories and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Dissertation Preparation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Elective Modules (up to the value of 75 credits)
  • Early Modern Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • The Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Popular Culture and Stereotypes (15 credits)
  • Twentieth Century Detective Fiction (15 credits)
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy (15 credits)
  • The Art of the Graphic Novel (15 credits)
  • Advertising (15 credits)
  • Print Journalism and Magazines (15 credits)
  • South Asian Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Media Transversalities (15 credits)
  • Translating the Renaissance: From Italy to England (15 credits)
  • Gothic Fictions (15 credits)

Assessment is through coursework, primarily in essay format. After completing the taught components, students progress to the dissertation phase. This provides the opportunity to explore in depth an issue or question relevant to the programme, under the supervision of one of the team.

Research Environment

The MA in Popular Literatures is underpinned by a rich and thriving research environment. There are ample opportunities to attend research seminars given by eminent scholars; this includes distinguished visiting speakers as well as Liverpool Hope’s own academics and research students.

Recent publications by contributing staff are numerous, and include:

  • Salman Al-Azami. Language of Advertising in Bangladesh. Open House Press, 2008.
  • William Blazek and Laura Rattray (eds). Twenty-first Century Readings of Tender is the Night. Liverpool University Press, 2007.
  • Cynthia Hamilton. The Social Eye: Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski and the Hard-boiled Detective Formula, forthcoming 2010.
  • J’annine Jobling. Fantastic Spiritualities. Continuum, forthcoming 2010.
  • Lucy Kay, Zoë Kinsley, Terry Phillips & Alan Roughley (eds). Mapping Liminalities: Thresholds in Cultural and Literary Texts. Peter Lang, 2007.
  • Zoë Kinsley. Women Writing the Home Tour, 1682-1812. Ashgate, 2008.
  • William Rossiter. Chaucer and Petrarch. D. S. Brewer, forthcoming 2010.
  • Alan Roughley (ed.). Anthony Burgess and Modernity. Manchester University Press, 2008.

Career Opportunities

The MA in Popular Literatures can act as a foundation for further postgraduate work such as doctoral research. It also fosters a range of transferable skills valued in professional contexts, such as critical and lateral thinking, the ability to formulate arguments, the capacity to work independently, the presentation of research findings and information management. Teachers may follow this course in order to enhance their subject knowledge.

Key Information

Award: MA Popular Literatures

Mode of Study: Part-time or Full-time

Duration:12 months (full-time) 24 Months (part-time)

Study Pattern: Blend of evening and daytime. It is possible to study part-time through evening study alone.

Entry Criteria

  • Normally an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a humanities subject

Faculty: Arts & Humanities

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
12 months
Part time
Full time
4,600 GBP
Start date Aug. 2016
United Kingdom Liverpool, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 12 months
Price 4,600 GBP
Home Fee; International Fee: GBP 8,400