In the Master’s Programme in English, specialising in American Literature and Culture, you will study American literature in relation to such fields as transnationalism and migration studies, the risk humanities, critical finance studies, the environmental and energy humanities, and black studies. Combining course work with research training and a dissertation project, the programme gives you a broad understanding of its subject while you develop your own interests and advance as a researcher.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
It has arguably never been more challenging yet important to understand America’s culture than right now. This Master’s Programme in English, specialising in American Literature and Culture offers a curriculum for engaging with this demand in which you will engage closely with key texts that have shaped America’s literary culture from the revolutionary period to its contemporary global position. It offers an opportunity to engage with the rich diversity of American writing, from the canonical to the neglected and contemporary.
The programme will introduce you to new critical and theoretical perspectives on this literature, and enable you to gain a deeper and broader perspective on issues which profoundly affect American literature as well as contemporary life and scholarship. These issues include questions of migration and borders, colonization and empire, race and ethnicity, security and finance, environmentalism, and media.
The programme offers a first-rate foundation for research students, both from Sweden and abroad, who wish to reconsider literature’s role in the construction, interrogation and revision of a nation’s culture and identity. It is also an excellent preparation for students who wish to continue on to doctoral studies.
During the programme you can expect to:
- gain a deep and broad perspective on issues which profoundly affect American literature as well as contemporary life and scholarship
- combine course work with research training and a dissertation project
- be a part of the only programme of its kind in Sweden
The programme draws upon the research and teaching strengths of staff at the Department of English. You will have access to advanced-level teaching and research training in a wide range of aspects of American literature and culture in a research-driven environment that will encourage your own development as an independent scholar.
You are passionate about literature, American literature in particular, and its history and politics. You value critical and innovative thinking, and enjoy drawing connections between literature and other concerns, ranging from questions about ethnicity to the environment and beyond.
You like working independently and in an international environment.Your social skills are very good and you enjoy articulating your thoughts and expressing your opinion in front of your fellow students. You are willing to take responsibility for your own success and you are used to planning your own work.
A PhD education is a distinct possibility in your future so you would value coming in close contact with current research and prominent researchers in your field, and developing your skills as an independent researcher.
The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with English as the main field of study. After one year of study, it may also be possible to obtain a Master of Arts (60 credits).
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be English or an equivalent subject.
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page) and
- the quality of the Bachelor’s thesis/degree project.
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
Tuition fee, total: SEK 200000
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