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Masters in English in Literature and Modernity

Please note: as of January 2020 the MA Course will be restructured and renamed the MA in Literary Studies in English.   
For information on the new programme and course structure, click here.



A/Prof. Barbara Boswell (

Masters students are required to complete a minor dissertation and four taught courses of which no more than two can be at HEQSF level 8 (4000 level).

Course outline

This programme focuses on the theory, historical contexts and literary expression of the concept “modernity” from Renaissance to Postmodernism. It covers both metropolitan and South African and African expressions and developments of modernity, thereby allowing students to study a broad range of historical conditions and literary and philosophical texts through the focus provided by a single, key concept. 

There are three compulsory courses, one elective and a dissertation. The coursework counts 50% and the dissertation counts 50% of the final mark.

Compulsory (core) courses

ELL5001W Minor Dissertation

ELL5030F Literature and Modernity I

ELL5031S Literature and Modernity II

ELL5032F Theories and Histories of Modernity


Electives offered in 2019


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