Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Comparative Literary Studies: Pathway in Shakespeare: Early and Modern

Centred on Shakespeare and early modern literature and culture, students also explore the reception and performance of Shakespeare in later times; the programme deepens students' understanding of Elizabethan literature, its historical and cultural contexts, and how this literary tradition has evolved, and how it is received in the world in the present; students combine theory with a close reading of a wide range of texts, from different media (literary, filmic, visual), periods, and cultural, geographical and linguistic backgrounds; all texts are studied in English, English translation, or with English subtitles.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject or equivalent. You might also be considered if you aren't a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level. If English isn't your first language, you'll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test).

Course modules

Shakespeare and the early modern; option modules include: caribbean women: writing and representation; documenting America: the phototext 1910-1960; Elizabethan style: verbal and the visual; European decadence and the visual arts; interculturality, text, poetics; literature and philosophy; postcolonial fiction: theory and practice; postmodernist fiction; reading Freud: love and its vicissitudes; re-writing sexualities; romantic Shakespeare; textual, linguistic and cultural encounters: literature across boundaries; the contemporary american novel in the era of climate change; the European avant-garde; 20th-century American poetry: theory into practice; 20th-century Caribbean writing; 21st-century American fiction.

Assessment methods

Extended essays and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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