The course examines a range of US literary and historical contexts, introducing ways in which the production of an idea of 'America' is variously achieved and contested between 1776 and the present. It asks students to consider the ways in which key texts - literary, cultural, political and philosophical - have contributed to the development, interrogation and revision of notions of American identity and culture. A particular focus is on the relationship of literature and criticism to problems of national historiography.
Students who successfully complete this programme will gain:
Students take two courses per semester, one core and one chosen from a range of options, each consisting of a weekly two hour seminar. Research skills are taught by a combination of staff presentations and workshops. Students consult individually with supervisors during the early stages of their research project.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
Good first degree normally in English Literature. Applicants must supply a sample of written work.
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