Popular Literature and Culture


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  • This is the first MA Popular Literature and Culture in the county to offer a period-based and interdisciplinary approach to popular literary and cultural forms from the medieval period to the present day.
  • Benefit from the highly varied research areas of the School’s teaching staff.
  • Focus on the periods/topics of popular culture that you are most interested in.
  • Teaching takes place in the evening, allowing you to study around your other commitments


Our MA Popular Literature and Culture is the first in the country to take a period-based, interdisciplinary approach to popular literary and cultural forms. The programme spans a number of diverse disciplines such as English literature, cultural studies, film and television studies, race studies, gender and sexuality studies, history, environmental studies, and philosophy, delving into different time periods and exploring thematic topics within them.

The programme encompasses multiple periods – from the medieval and the early modern periods, the Victorian and Edwardian ages, and 20th century and contemporary cultures. You will be taught by staff from across the disciplines, whose expertise lies not only in the form being taught but also the textual culture of that specific period. All of the staff members who will teach you are active researchers in their field and will use that research to inform their teaching, offering you innovative modules that are fresh, exciting, and contemporary.  

You will take the core module, Reading Popular Culture, which will give you insight into the critical development of the concept of ‘the popular’ as a theoretical field. 

Across the programme, you will have the opportunity to examine the relationship between different forms of media, popular culture, and reception studies across a number of periods. You will explore the role (and responsibilities) of popular culture and philosophy within modern and contemporary environmental humanities. You will also look at previously marginalised cultures and works of popular culture from a number of different periods with a focus on race and sexuality studies, and well as focusing on significant female figures (and female-authored texts) in popular culture, literature, and history.

Compulsory Modules;
Archives and Research
Reading Popular Culture
Popular Identities, Gender, Sexuality, and Race
Popular Ecologies: Literature, Philosophy, and Environmental Ethics
Popular Locations: Women, Space, and Time
Popular Adaptations: Page, Stage, Screen



Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

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We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

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