King's College London, University of London

King's College London, University of London

Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory

The course explores a range of texts and themes from 1945 to the present, with an option to focus on the 21st century. It offers the opportunity to study topics such as the American novel after 1999, new directions in theory, the graphic novel, urban culture, performance studies, bioethics, and cultures of conflict and dissent from Africa to the Middle East.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a 2.1 or above in English or a related discipline.

Course modules

Modules include: Post-1945: literature, culture, theory. Optional modules: the novel now: theory and fiction after 1999; the graphic novel: origins and aesthetics; culture, dissent and the Arab spring; writing global cities; theatre and performance theory; conflict, memory and resistance in African literature; performance and live art; biographical writing; contemporary south Asian women's writing; global/local Shakespeare; illness narrative as life writing; contemporary authors: kureishi and rushdie; performing rights; the 20th-century city; the transatlantic in literature: from caliban to cosmopolitanism; histories of the built environment.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework and a compulsory dissertation.

Sponsorship information

AHRC, Graduate School and School of Arts and Humanities scholarships, Overseas Research Students (ORS) award scheme, self-funded.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 8,520 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 17,040 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,260 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 8,520 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Strand Campus Westminster WC2R 2LS South East

Key information

Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts and Sciences Admissions (CASA)
Telephone number: 
020 7848 2765/2232/7232