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Pathway 7: Postcolonial and Global Literatures

The Postcolonial and Global Literatures pathway offers students the opportunity to explore writing from the classic to the contemporary, in English and in translation, that reflects on questions of global relatedness and colonial power. 

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You’ll be able to think further about literatures in postcolonial and global contexts, while studying in the heart of London’s East End with its distinctive histories of migration. The pathway draws on our unparalleled academic expertise across this field – Queen Mary’s English department has one of the largest groups of postcolonial and global literary researchers in the UK.

One of the pathway’s compulsory modules, ‘Peripheral Modernities’, will give you a thorough grounding in concepts of modernity, globalisation, and culture as viewed from the global peripheries. You can also choose from a variety of optional modules, whether studying literatures from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia and its diasporas, or the East End of London; or exploring interdisciplinary fields like translation studies, cartography, or book history in postcolonial and global contexts. You will have the opportunity to use research resources like the Black Cultural Archive, the George Padmore Institute Archive, and the India Office Records at the British Library.

This is a broad and interdisciplinary pathway, which nevertheless provides a specialized, research-led programme of study ideal for those wishing to go on to pursue PhD study in related fields. The programme also engages with the critical present and provides a wide range of academic and transferable skills allowing graduates to pursue a wide range of career pathways, including teaching, publishing, or working within the cultural industries.

All students take these compulsory modules:

Compulsory modules

Peripheral Modernities
Resources for Research (non-assessed)
Researching Modern Culture (non-assessed)
Dissertation

Option modules

You choose three modules from a list of options that changes from year to year. In 2017-2018 we hope to offer the following. If members of our specialist research staff win research funding it will mean that their module won’t run, so for that reason this list is indicative only.  

Benjamin and Adorno
Cultural Legacies of the First World War
Forms of Modernism
Literature, Science and Technology
Modernism and After
Queer Theory and Contemporary Fiction
Reading the Middle East
The State of the Novel
Writing the East End

You may, subject to availability and the approval of the School, take one of your option modules from across a range offered by other Schools in the Humanities and Social Science Faculty, or from other Colleges of the University of London.

In addition to taught modules, we run a range of research seminars to which all MA students are invited. Some of these are linked to our interdisciplinary Research Centres, such as the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Centre for Religion and Literature in English and the Centre for the History of the Emotions. Others are collaborations with other institutions, such as the London-Paris Romanticism Seminar. With visiting speakers from across the world, these seminars are an opportunity to meet other postgraduate students and members of staff and to learn about the latest developments in research.

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