Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Comparative Literary Studies (American Literature and Culture)

This aims to enhance students' knowledge and understanding of the literature that has sought to define or has emerged from America; the core course which is at the centre of this pathway, American literature and culture: critical and theoretical concepts, engages in a rigorous study of particular phases and applications of American literary criticism and theory, as well as consolidating students' knowledge of 19th- and 20th-century American literature; in particular, students study some of the ways in which 19th- and 20th-century American literature sought to understand the nation in the face of the fragmenting effects of modernity and postmodernity; competing readings of canonical American texts enable students to assess how American critical and theoretical conceptions shape American literature, producing different Americas; students pursue wider interests by studying 3 options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least 1 of these in an area that is relevant to the literature of the Americas; students further develop their interest in American literature and culture through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of the programme; all texts are studied in English or in English translation.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a relevant subject; those whose 1st language is not English require 7.0 in IELTS or equivalent.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Goldsmiths, University of London Lewisham SE14 6NW South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
020 7078 5300