MA Literary London

The MA English: Literary London offers an opportunity to study the rich and varied literary history of London. Taught by members of the Department of English, Drama and Creative Writing, this exciting programme covers literary periods from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century and encompasses film, theory and creative work as well as traditional literary scholarship. It will appeal to those wishing to extend their knowledge of literature, to explore varying critical approaches and perspectives, and to broaden their reading within an interdisciplinary, comparative and international context.

The MA English: Literary London is designed as a structured, yet flexible programme. Courses are taught in weekly seminars and termly study days. Classes focus on the close study of literary, theoretical and cultural texts, as well as opportunities for site-specific learning through walks and gallery visits. Students will also pursue supporting courses in research methods and theory and will produce a final dissertation on a subject of their own choice.

Aims of the programme

  • To introduce students to the rich diversity of literary responses to London and to develop their analytical and critical thinking through a variety of guided assessments
  • To consider the depiction of London's contested and multi-cultural identity via a range of theoretical and methodological approaches
  • To develop students' research and presentation skills to prepare them for further academic research or the job market
  • To foster a dynamic and enjoyable learning environment in which students are encouraged to bring their own experience, writing and reading to bear on the subject of London literature


  1. Imagining the City: Text, Theory, Writing
  2. Foundations for Postgraduate Study; Theory and Research Methods
  3. Short courses may include The London Stage; Queer Street: The City as Performance Space; London Crime Fiction; Augustan and Romantic Period London; Gothic London: Ennui, Paranoia, and Apocalypse.
  4. Dissertation (12-15,000 words)
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Last updated February 11, 2019
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1 - 2 years
12,100 GBP
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