Course information

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Scholarship information

Funding available

Course overview

This pathway of our MA Literary Studies degree 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.

Why study the MA Literary Studies: Literature of the Caribbean and its Diasporas pathway?

  • You'll be introduced to a wide range of Caribbean texts, and gain an understanding of the social, political and historical contexts that impact these literatures. This includes history, memory, the impacts of Colonialism, post-Colonialism, and Globalisation. We'll be studying texts either in English or in English translation.

  • 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.

  • You'll 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.

  • The convenor of this pathway is Professor Joan Anim-Addo who has recently been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for ‘invaluable contributions to literature and to literary and cultural studies’ by leading US literary quarterly journal, Callaloo.

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

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Maria Macdonald

What you'll study

Core module Module title Credits
  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 Module title Credits
  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
  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 and Postcolonialism 30 credits
  European Decadence and the Visual Arts 30 credits
  Writing the Mediterranean [Erasmus Intensive Programme, Malta, held during the Easter vacation; subject to EU funding] 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
  The Post-Imperial City in Literature and Film 30 credits
  Between Languages: Multilingualism and Translation in Contemporary Literature 30 credits
  Text in Performance: Shakespeare 30 credits

You can also choose linguistics modules as option modules.

Linguistics modules Module title Credits
  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

Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

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

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.

International qualifications

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

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing and no element lower than 6.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

This programme is eligible for one of the department's fee waivers. Find out more about how to apply.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
  • An essay (written in English), as an example of your academic writing

When applying, please indicate your preferred pathway.

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Please submit an essay (written in English) together with your application, as an example of your academic writing.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

Skills

You'll develop transferable skills, including:

  • enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts
  • the ability to analyse and evaluate different textual materials
  • the ability to organise information; the ability to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments

Careers

Graduates of this programme have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • publishing
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • teaching
  • advertising
  • the civil service
  • business
  • industry
  • the media

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

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