Goldsmiths, University of London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Comparative Literary Studies (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

Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper 2nd Class standard in a relevant/related subject; students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren�t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that they have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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 Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 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

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