MA in Global Literature and Culture

Convenor: Claire Chambers



This MA offers an unusually wide-ranging exploration of the cultural manifestations of colonial conquest, national identities, anti-colonial resistance and post-colonial struggles.

I have been able to combine the in-depth study of contemporary postcolonial literature with a fascinating examination of eighteenth century attitudes towards Asia, Africa and the South Pacific

MA in Cultures of Empire

You will have the opportunity to study these interconnected experiences from the beginnings of European imperialism to the present day. The MA recognises both disciplinary and interdisciplinary dimensions of the field; all of the modules involve questions of culture, history, and politics, but some modules focus on a particular discipline.

The range of modules allows for a comparative understanding of different forms of imperial rule, and it encourages a comparative approach to African, Asian, Irish, Middle Eastern and Pacific responses to the experience of colonisation. You will also be able to explore the transnational elements of cultural production and reception.


  • Four assessed essays of approximately 4,500 words each
  • A 15,000 - 20,000 word dissertation, written in consultation with a supervisor on an agreed topic

Introductory reading

You can get a flavour of the criticism, anthologies, and core texts featured on this course by downloading a reading list compiled by members of staff:



The programme is fully modularised and divided into 4 taught modules (one compulsory, three option), a research skills training programme, and a research dissertation.


The core course introduces and explores theoretical debates; rather than take 'postcolonial' as an unproblematic term, the module addresses the intellectual, aesthetic and material stakes involved in its deployment, and situates the term in relation to earlier anti-colonial and liberationist formulations.


Available option modules may include:

Option modules will vary from year to year according to staff availability, and will run subject to minimum numbers. Option modules may also be taken in other arts and humanities departments.

Writer Jamaica Kincaid (Antigua/USA) in a photograph taken in 1991 in Sewanee, Tennnessee, near a Confederate memorial site.

Who to contact

For more information on this MA, please contact:

Claire Chambers

How to apply

You can apply for this course using our online application system. If you've not already done so, please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.