University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

English and American Studies

This course gives students the opportunity to undertake research into specific aspects of 19th and 20th-century English and American literature and culture; the course enables students to focus on the study of the history, literature, politics, film and culture of the United States, as well as the literature, culture and society of Canada; the English Studies programme blends compulsory elements, which extend and develop research skills and explore research issues such as the nature of archival study, genre and textuality, the relationship between print and manuscript, and questions of cultural and political context, with an optional element that enables period-specific specialisation; authors and areas to be studied on these period-specific modules may include: early modern drama, including Shakespeare and Jonson; John Donne, John Milton, Katherine Phillips and 17th century poetry; Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen and the novel; Lord Byron and Romantic poetry; Oscar Wilde and Victorian and fin-de-siecle literature; James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Modernism; DH Lawrence and regional literature; a range of contemporary poets and novelists, such as Ian McEwan, Paul Muldoon, Alice Oswald, and Derek Walcott.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in arts, humanities or social science subjects; strong references required; transcript of marks and/or a sample of work may be requested; all overseas students are asked for a representative sample of their work; applicants may also be interviewed; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS band 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or TOEFL IBT:100 (with no less than 20 in speaking and 19 in any other element).

Course modules

Approaches to American Studies; Researching Contemporary America; Radical and Reform Movements in Modern America; Fictions of America;American Madness: Mental Illness in History and Culture;Queer Agency in North American Writing;Prohibition in America; Slavery, Capitalism and the Origins of the Civil War;In the Midst of Wars: The US and S.E. Asia 1940 � 1968; African American Visual Cultures;First Nations Speak: Native Writing; Representing the South: Literature, Film and History;US Foreign Policy since 1989; Cold War Crucible: JFK & American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963; Gender and Sexuality in Recent Canadian Writing; American Labor History; History of the Civil Rights Movement; African-American Photographic Culture; Asian American Literature; American Crime Fiction; Independent Study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,920 per Whole course (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,420 per Whole course (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

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