The modules you study will draw on a wide range of works. Below is a range of texts from which 1-2 would be selected per class. This is for information to show the broad reach of the field and the some key writers, not to suggest these all have to be read!
The aim behind these lists is to indicate the range, richness, and critical mass that exists, and which the MA recognises and celebrates.
Term One - Historicising the Field of Black British Literature: From the Romans to the 2000s
Evaristo, Bernardine. The Emperor’s Babe (London: Penguin, 2002)
Shakespeare, William Othello (1604) ANY EDITION.
Bandele, Biyi. Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (London: Amber Lane, 1999)
Anim-Addo, Joan. Imoinda, or, She who will lose her name : a play for twelve voices in three acts . (London : Mango Publishing, 2008)
Martin, S.I. Incomparable World (London: Quartet, 1997)
Joseph, Paterson. Sancho: An Act of Remembrance (London: Oberon Books, 2011)
Levy, Andrea. The Long Song (London: Headline, 2011)
Smartt, Dorothea. Ship shape (Leeds, Peepal Tree Press, 2008)
Adebayo, Mojisola. Moj of the Antarctic in Hidden Gems Vol. I (London: Oberon, 2012)
Phillips, Caryl. Dancing in the Dark (London: Vintage, 2006)
Williams, Charlotte. Sugar and Slate (Aberystwyth: Planet 2002)
Kay, Jackie. Trumpet (London: Picador, 1998)
Agboluaje, Oladipo. The Hounding of David Oluwale (London: Oberon Books, 2009)
Pinnock, Winsome. Leave Taking  (London: Nick Hern Books, 2018)
Traynor, Joanna. Sister Josephine (London: Bloomsbury, 1997)
Williams, Roy. Sing Yer Heart Out For the Lads (London: Methuen, 2002)
green, debbie tucker. dirty butterfly. (London: Nick Hern, 2003)
TERM TWO - Interculturality, Text, Poetics
Ali, Monica. Brick Lane (London: Black Swan, 2004).
D’Aguiar, Fred. Feeding the Ghosts (Chatto & Windus,1997).
Emecheta, Buchi. Head Above Water: An Autobiography (Oxford: Heinemann, 1986)
Equiano, Olaudah. The Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, The African. Written by Himself. Edited, with an introduction by Paul Edwards (Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1994).
Evaristo, Bernardine. Mr Loverman (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2013).
Fish, Laura. Strange Music (London: Jonathan Cape, 2008).
Oyeyemi, Helen. The Icarus Girl (London: Bloomsbury, 2005)
Prince, Mary. The history of Mary Prince : a West Indian slave / related by herself. Edited, with an introduction by Moira Ferguson (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1997).
Shire, Warsan. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (London: Flipped Eye Publishing, 2011)
Sunmonu, Yinka. Cherish (London: Mango Publishing, 2003).
Smith, Zadie, NW (London: Hamish Hamilton, 2012).
Optional Modules - Indicative Essential Reading
Term One - Literature of the Carribbean and its Disaporas
Prince, Mary. The History of Mary Prince: A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself, (ed Moira Ferguson), London: Pandora, 1987.
Selvon, Sam. Lonely Londoners. (ed. Susheila Nasta), London: Penguin Books, 2006.
Walcott, Derek. Omeros, London: Faber, 1990.
Cesaire, Aimé. Notebook of a Return to My Native Land (trans Mireille Rosello), 1995.
Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place, New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2000.
Johnson, Linton Kwesi. Mi revalueshanary fren: selected poems, London: Penguin, 2002.
Rhys, Jean. Voyage in the Dark  London: Penguin, 200o.
Riley, Joan. Waiting in the Twilight / Joan Riley. London: Women's Press, 1987.
Brathwaite, Kamau. The Arrivants: a New World Trilogy. Oxford: O U P, 1973.
Term Two - The Genres and Aesthetics of Contemporary Black British Literature (Grouped by theme)
green, debbie tucker. random (London: Nick Hern Books, 2008)
Jumbo, Cush. Josephine and I (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)
Booker, Malika. ‘Absolution’ in Osborne, Deirdre (ed.) Hidden Gems Vol. II (London: Oberon Books, 2012)
The Story of M (London: Oberon Books, 2017)
Evans, Diana. 26a (London: Vintage, 2006)
Mason-John, Valerie. Borrowed Body (London: Serpent’s Tail, 2005)
Sissay, Lemn. Something Dark in Osborne, Deirdre (ed.) Hidden Gems (London: Oberon, 2008)
Sesay, Kadija. Irki (Leeds: Peepal Tree Press, 2013)
Textuality and Sexuality
Mike, Chuck., Coker, Antonia Kemi. and Munyevu, Tonderai. Zhe [noun]undefined. (London: Oberon Books, 2013)
Rudet, Jacqueline. Basin in Black Plays ed. Yvonne Brewster (London: Methuen, 1987), 113-39.
Agbabi, Patience. Telling Tales (Edinburgh: Canongate, 2014)
green, debbie tucker. nut (London: Nick Hern Books, 2014)
Daley-Ward, Yrsa. The Terrible (London: Penguin, 2018)
Briscoe, Constance. Ugly (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2009)
McKenzie-Mavinga and Perkins, Thelma. In Search of Mr McKenzie: Two Sisters’ Quest for an Unknown Father (London: The Women’s Press, 1991)
Scally-Clarke, Michelle. I Am (Glasshoughton, Yorkshire: Route, 2001) (London: Methuen), 1-66.
A selection of useful websites – operative at the time of writing