|Degree:||Master of Arts (MA)|
|Study modes:||full-time, part-time|
The MA in Postcolonial Studies develops your understanding of how cultural forms offer a radical resistance to colonial worldviews that are still very much prevalent today.
The University of Kent was one of the first universities to establish postcolonial literary studies in the UK and has continued to play a significant part in the development of the field with an incredible national and international reputation. Among the teachers involved in the programme are Bashir Abu-Manneh, Caroline Rooney, Donna Landry, Alex Padamsee and Matthew Whittle (see staff research interests for further details).
If you have never studied postcolonial literature before, or if you wish to expand your existing reading, our modules are dedicated to both canonical works and the very latest developments in the field. You will develop you own expertise in the relationship between politics, culture and imperialism, whilst exploring the urgency and vibrancy of postcolonial writing.
This programme can also be studied in Canterbury and Paris. This option allows you to spend your first term at our Canterbury campus, before relocating to our Paris centre for the spring term to study in the heart of historic Montparnasse.
Fra Mauro’s Mappa Mundi (1448-53) was one of the earliest maps to imagine the Indian Ocean as open waters rather than closed in by a southern land-mass. This lecture by Emeritus Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah, acclaimed novelist and Professor of English and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Kent, re-imagines it as a cosmopolitan site which preceded and survived colonialism, rather than another chapter in the grinding and inevitable consolidation of European power.
The School of English has a strong international reputation and global perspective, apparent both in the background of its staff and in the diversity of our teaching and research interests.
Our expertise ranges from the medieval to the postmodern, including British, American and Irish literature, postcolonial writing, 18th-century studies, Shakespeare, early modern literature and culture, Victorian studies, modern poetry, critical theory and cultural history. The international standing of the School ensures that we have a lively, confident research culture, sustained by a vibrant, ambitious intellectual community. We also count a number of distinguished creative writers among our staff, and we actively explore crossovers between critical and creative writing in all our areas of teaching and research.
The Research Excellence Framework 2014 has produced very strong results for the School of English at Kent. With 74% of our work graded as world-leading or internationally excellent, the School is ranked 10th out of 89 English departments in terms of Research Intensity (Times Higher Education). The School also received an outstanding assessment of the quality of its research environment and public impact work.