The unit sets out to introduce subject specific and professional skills in practice. The unit houses a research seminar series featuring six papers/readings by leading academics and writers which students are required both to attend and to reflect upon via a range of exercises using social media platforms: blogs, Twitter, Slideshare, YouTube or Vimeo. Students will also learn how to develop a web presence for their work (using LinkedIn and other platforms) and will work together to design, organise, publicise and manage an MA conference at which they will present their plans for their dissertation projects. The unit also furnishes students with the skills they require to devise and complete an independent research project.
All MA students submit a dissertation of around 15,000 words.
Likely Optional Units
This unit explores literary, filmic, theatrical, artistic, televisual and theoretical material on the following: biopolitics, biosociality and bioculture in late capitalism, debates around identity, recognition and personhood, debates on the posthuman, transhuman and the human/machine interface, the neurological turn, tissue economies, food and consumption, postcolonial, neo-colonial and crip embodiments, sexuality and the sexed body. This unit also explores the distinctive ways in which literary, televisual and cinematic texts mediate particular ideas about the body, embodiment, and identity and the political and ethical dimensions of cultural representation.
This unit introduces students to a range of literary, cinematic and theoretical constructions of space, place, nation and the world in contemporary culture. The unit considers the concept of space in the following contexts: Postmodernity and Post-postmodernity; Globalisation, geopolitics and neoliberalism; Nation; The city; Suburbia; Indigeneity; Post- and neo-colonialism; Border spaces and border crossings; Corporate spaces; Virtual and digital spaces. We explore these contexts through a close critical analysis of literary and cinematic mediations of post 9/11 culture and the war on terror, cultural representations of contemporary geopolitics, the US/Mexico border, land abuse in Australia, urban/suburban fears, corporate culture and the logic of marketization, virtual space and concepts of security and risk in a digital culture.
The unit provides a general overview of these concepts in relation to post-postmodernism, and then focuses on issues such as contemporary witnessing, the repression and rewriting of history, postcolonial trauma, and the trace of the past. The unit covers themes including post-postmodernism and meta-modernism, the role of twenty-first-century fiction in the representation of the past, the relevance and future of trauma theory, the im/possibility of contemporary witnessing, the neglect of postcolonial trauma, and the relationship of genre and form to representation (encompassing the novel, film and poetry).
Rise of the Gothic
The unit provides a historical overview of the rise of Gothic literature from the Renaissance to 1900 and an introduction to current debates in Gothic Studies. Topics to be covered include: Gothic Renaissance (Shakespeare and Jacobean revenge drama); eighteenth-century Gothic fiction (Walpole, Lewis, Radcliffe); Gothic Romanticism (Dacre, poetry and visual art); nineteenth-century American Gothic (Hawthorne, Poe, Brockden Brown); Victorian Gothic (Emily Brontë, ghost stories, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells); critical consideration of debates in Gothic Studies about the Female Gothic, queer Gothic, the uncanny and the doppelgänger.
Twentieth Century Gothic
This unit is explores key Gothic texts of the twentieth century and the critical debates that inform our understanding of them. Students will study a range of British and American literary and filmic texts drawn from Gothic submodes (such as the weird and the grotesque) against their historic and cultural context; developments in the representation of the monster (such as the vampire, the zombie and the serial killer); and the most significant debates in modern Gothic Studies.
This course explores a range of literary, filmic, televisual and graphic novel texts that best exemplify the contemporary Gothic, including Gothic adaptations, neoliberal Gothic, digital Gothic, transnational Gothic, the New Weird and the ongoing evolution of figures such as the vampire and the serial killer, as well as the most significant debates within contemporary Gothic Studies