Centre for Modernist Studies

MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought

The MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought at Sussex attempts to understand how literature has shaped and been shaped by modern and contemporary culture. The programme includes courses which reflect on the experience of the city, on photography, on modernism and postmodernism, on psychoanalysis, on the experience of war, and on globalisation. 

The Centre for Modernist Studies at Sussex invites distinguished speakers from around the world and holds regular colloquia in English, in Philosophy, in American Studies and Social and Political Thought. The range of courses on offer, the international excellence of faculty and students, and the intellectual energy of the graduate culture more generally, is what makes the study of modern and contemporary literature at Sussex uniquely dynamic and exciting. In recent years this MA has offered courses in: 

  • American Poetry after Modernism: Retreat? Redirection? Rediscovery?
  • Bearing Witness: Terror and Trauma in Global Literature
  • Critical Issues in Queer Theory
  • ImagiNation: The Great American Novel
  • International Modernisms, 1840-Present
  • Literature in the Institution: the university and the study of culture
  • Modernism 1910-1945
  • Modernist and Contemporary Fictions
  • New Configurations in Critical Theory
  • The Novel and History: Questions and Representations Since 1945
  • Theory in Practice: Readings in Contemporary Theory and Literature
  • Versions of Realism: Art, Film, Literature, Theory
  • Voices in the Archives: Writing from History

Please refer to the course page for more information and details of how to apply.