This pathway of the MA in Comparative Literary Studies aims to introduce you to a wide range of texts and issues in the literature of the Caribbean and the Caribbean diaspora to highlight significant movements relative to the social, political and historical contexts impacting upon these new literatures.

In particular, the core module at the centre of this pathway (Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas), will trace the developments within the main forms of literary and artistic expression in the literature of the Caribbean to study how literary texts, forms and genres veered between consolidation and experimentation from beginnings marked by the slave narrative.

The preoccupation with history and memory and the close affinity of the literary with the aural/ oral will also be examined, alongside the influence and textual embodiment of intellectual and cultural developments in the region’s literature and that of its diaspora, including the impacts of Colonialism, post-Colonialism, Negritude, and Globalisation.

These developments are studied through the analysis of representative texts either in English or in English translation.

Thanks to the flexible structure of the MA, you will have the opportunity to pursue your wider interests by studying three options from the large provision of the department, choosing at least one of these in an area that is relevant to Caribbean, diasporic, or post-colonial literature.

Both the core module and the options are taught by leading specialists of the subject.

You will be able to further develop your interest in the literature of the Caribbean and its diasporas through a 15,000-word dissertation to be submitted at the end of your programme of study.

In studying for this pathway, you will be able to rely on the expertise and materials available at Goldsmiths’ Caribbean Centre.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time

Module Details:

Core module    

Literature of the Caribbean & its Diasporas – 30 credits

In addition to the core module and dissertation, you also choose three option modules from the list below.

Option modules              

Studies in Comparative Literature & Criticism -30 credits

Theories of Literature & Culture -30 credits

Modern Literary Movements -30 credits

American Literature & Culture: Critical and Theoretical Concepts -30 credits

Nineteenth-Century Literature: Romanticisms-30 credits

Shakespeare and the Early Modern -30 credits

Postmodernist Fiction-30 credits

Rewriting Sexualities -30 credits

Literature and Philosophy -30 credits

Twentieth-Century American Poetry: Theory in Practice -30 credits

European Avant-Garde -30 credits

Twentieth-Century Caribbean Writing -30 credits

Caribbean Women Writing & Representation -30 credits

Documenting America: The Photo Text 1910 to 1960 -30 credits

Reading Freud: Love & its Vicissitudes-30 credits

Twenty-first Century American Fiction -30 credits

Palestine & Postcolonialism -30 credits

European Decadence and the Visual Arts -30 credits

Textual, Linguistic, and Cultural Encounters: Literature across Boundaries -30 credits

Writing the Mediterranean -30 credits

Postcolonial Fiction: Theory and Practice -30 credits

Romantic Shakespeare -30 credits

The Contemporary American Novel in the Era of Climate Change -30 credits

Interculturality, Text, Poetics -30 credits

Elizabethan Style: Visual and Verbal -30 credits

You can also choose linguistics modules as option modules.

Linguistics modules

Analysing Discourse & Identity in Spoken Interaction -30 credits

English in a Multilingual World -30 credits

 Intercultural Discourse & Communication -30 credits

 Language & Ideology in Written Discourse -30 credits

 English as a Lingua Franca and Language Teaching -30 credits

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.


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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. 

You might also be considered for some programmes 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.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 (including 7.0 in the written test)

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

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