MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

SOAS University of London

Program Description

MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

SOAS University of London

MA Comparative Literature (Africa / Asia)

Duration: One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent)

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-Time or Part-Time

The opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well-known worlds of African and Asian literature is what attracts most students to this popular MA.

At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty.

This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literature of Africa and Asia and literature were written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations.

While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars.

In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society.

A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to this degree.

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. You may take a 30 credit language acquisition module at an appropriate level as one of your modules.

Compulsory Modules

  • Theory and techniques of Comparative Literature 15PCSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Dissertation in Cultural Studies 15PCSC999 (60 credits) Full Year

Optional Modules

Students can take 90 credits from the list below or 60 credits from the list below and a 30 credit language acquisition module.

English Based Options

  • Arabic Women's Writing: Theories and Practices 15PNMC411 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Years of Radical change: South Korean cinema from the 'New Wave' to the new millennium 15PJKH009 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Traditional Drama (Masters) 15PEAH013 (15credits) Term 1
  • Modern Japanese Literature (Masters) 15PEAH012 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC002 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Chinese Film and Theatre (MA) 15PCHH001 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Film from Taiwan and the Chinese Diaspora 15PCHH002 (15credits) Term 1
  • Traditional Chinese Literature in Translation 15PCHC004 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Literature in African languages 15PAFC124 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Travelling Africa: Writing the Cape to Cairo 15PAFC139 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • The Story of African Film: Narrative Screen Media in Africa 15PAFH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Aspects of African film and video 2 15PAFH007 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Afrophone Philosophies (PG) 15PAFH009 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Realism and Magical Realism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH012 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Sci-fi and Afrofuturism in the Afrophone Novel (PG) 15PAFH013 (15credits) Term 2
  • Literary Traditions and Culture of Korea (Masters) 15PJKH005 (15credits) Term 2
  • Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH006 (15credits) Term 1
  • Literature of South Asia 15PSAC284 (30 credits) Full Year
  • English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Post-crisis Thai Cinema (1997-2007) 15PSEH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Under Western Eyes: European Writings on South East Asia (PG) 15PSEH017 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 (15credits) Term 1
  • Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Modern Arabic Literature and the West 15PNMC002 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Culture, Society and Politics in Classical Arabic Literature 15PNMC426 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Japanese Transnational Cinema: From Kurosawa to Asia Extreme and Studio Ghibli 15PJKH007 (15credits) Term 1
  • Japanese Post-War Film Genres and the Avant-Garde 15PJKH008 (15credits) Term 2
  • Indian Cinema: Its History and Social Context 15PSAH001 (15credits) Term 1
  • Indian Cinema: Key Issues 15PSAH002 (15credits) Term 2
  • Turkey: Continuity and Change 15PNMC377 (30credits) Full Year

Language-Based Options:

  • Readings in Korean Literature (Masters) 15PJKH021 (15credits) Term 2
  • Social and Political Trends in 19th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC373 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Selected Topics in 20th Century Turkish Literature 15PNMC374 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Social and Political Dimensions of Modern Arabic Literature 15PNMC347 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Literature 15PSAC003 (30credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in the Literature of a Modern South Asian Language 15PSAC016 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Literature & Colonialism in North India 155901295 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Narratives of Mobility in Contemporary Hindi Literature (Masters) 15PSAH006 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
  • Identity and Language in Hebrew Literature 15PNMC412 (30 credits) Full Year

Africa

  • Amharic 1 (PG) 15PAFC130 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Amharic 2 (PG) 15PAFC131 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 1 (PG) 15PAFC136 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hausa 2 (PG) 15PAFC138 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Somali 1 (PG) 15PAFC132 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Somali 2 (PG) 15PAFC133 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 1 (PG) 15PAFC140 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Swahili 2A (PG) 15PAFC141 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 3 (PG) 15PAFC142 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Swahili 4 (PG) 15PAFC144 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Yoruba 1 (PG) 15PAFC134 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Yoruba 2 (PG) 15PAFC135 (30 credits) Full Year

China and Inner Asia

  • Elementary Spoken Cantonese (PG) 15PCHC006 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Elementary spoken Hokkien (Minnanyu, Taiwanese) (PG) 15PCHC007 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intensive Elementary Tibetan (PG) 15PCHC018 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Special Course in Chinese 1 (PG) 15PCHC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 2 (PG) 15PCHC011 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 3 (PG) 15PCHC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese 4 (PG) 15PCHC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Special Course in Chinese: Reading Classical and Literary Chinese (PG) 15PCHC010 (30 credits) Full Year

Japan and Korea

  • Basic Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC009 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean (PG) 15PJKC022 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Basic Korean 2 (PG) 15PJKC024 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Higher Intermediate Readings in Korean (PG) 15PJKC018 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 1 (PG) 15PJKC010 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Japanese 2 (PG) 15PJKC011 (30 credits) Full Year

Near and Middle East

  • Arabic 300 (Postgraduate) 15PNMC390
  • Elementary Persian Texts (PG) 15PNMC384 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Persian 15PNMC387 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Elementary Written Turkish 15PNMC386 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish Language (PG) 15PNMC383 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Modern Hebrew Language: Elementary (PG) 15PNMC409 (30 credits) Full Year

South Asia

  • Bengali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC303 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Bengali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC304 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC295 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC296 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 3 (PG) 15PSAC297 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Hindi Language 4 (PG) 15PSAC308 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC298 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Nepali Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC299 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Punjabi Language 1 15PSAC320 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC294 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Sanskrit Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC306 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Prakrit Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC309 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Urdu Language 1 (PG) 15PSAC300 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Urdu Language 2 (PG) 15PSAC301 (30 credits) Full Year

South East Asia

  • Burmese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC039 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Burmese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC045 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC032 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC033 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC034 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Indonesian Language 4 (PG) 15PSEC035 (30 credits) Full Year Not Running 2017/2018
  • Thai Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC040 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC041 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Thai Language 3 (PG) 15PSEC042 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 1 (PG) 15PSEC036 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Vietnamese Language 2 (PG) 15PSEC037 (30 credits) Full Year
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 18, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 3 years
Part time
Full time
Price
Price
9,225 GBP
Full-time UK/EU Fees: £9,225; Full-time Overseas Fees: £18,980 per academic year
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Deadline
Locations
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019
Dates
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Sept. 1, 2019