Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology of Literature

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  • Are there instances of literary works anticipating future trends, but without there being a causal link?
  • Can literature be used to influence its own times and perhaps the future?
  • If so, how: to define and spread a national culture/identity or particular ideological, political views dear to the writer(s) in question?
  • Alternatively, if a given society wants to impose its religious or ideological standpoint on authors, how can the latter safeguard and express their independence?

If these questions tickle your intellectual side, you might be interested in the Warnborough MA in the Sociology of Literature!

Should we study a society in order to understand literature better or should we study literary works to learn about the society or age in which they were written?

Alternatively, if a given society wants to impose its religious or ideological standpoint on authors, how can the latter safeguard and express their independence?

Can literature be used to influence its own times and perhaps the future? If so, how: to define and spread a national culture/identity or particular ideological, political views dear to the writer(s) in question?

These are some of the questions which drive the sociology of literature, and are outlined in some of the modules listed below.

Those with a passion for examining the circumstance of literature, including writer’s reaction to (or creation of) socio-historical trends and the ideology of a text.

The MA program in the Sociology of Literature is suitable for students who intend to develop professional careers in a wide range of settings. It is useful for those wishing to pursue a literary career including writing, criticism and scholarly work. However the rigorous intellectual training that literary analysis provides has value and appeal to employers in areas such as: teaching (most likely at the college level), course development and curricula design, research, civil service, local government, charities, information technology, solicitor’s firms, publishing, journalism.

The series of research papers in this modular programme should enable students to reach a better understanding of the richness and multifaceted nature of literature, by examining some of the aspects of the complex relationship between literature and society.