Master of Arts (M.A.) in English - Specialization in Literature Program By Iowa State University |Top Universities

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English - Specialization in Literature

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English - Specialization in Literature

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  • Study Level Masters
  • Duration 24 months

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This two-year master of arts program balances coverage with flexibility, providing high quality, personalized instruction for graduate students interested in teaching at the secondary, beginning college and university levels, and/or in pursuing further graduate study in literature. Graduate students take courses that focus on pedagogy, theory & criticism, and literary analysis to develop their knowledge of major literary trends and discipline-specific research skills. In developing courses, faculty devote particular attention to literature and film’s cultural and historical contexts, often with reference to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and linguistic difference as cultural phenomena. The study of literature is central to the humanities, offering us experience in assessing human behavior and motivation. Through literary study we come to understand the power of language and literature to convey and construct individual and cultural values. The study of literature makes new things familiar and familiar things new; it invites us to explore ideas, identities, times and places we do not know, and to reexamine the traditions of our literary heritage. This program focuses on four primary concerns: Literary traditions. As an English major with a specialization in literature, you are introduced to various literary traditions and the changing nature of those traditions. Course offerings which explore a range of periods, genres, and literary movements will enable you to experience literature in some depth. In addition, you will be able to study the presence, or absence, of women and minorities in literary texts. Literature in its cultural and historical contexts. Your study of literature will inspire appreciation of the interactions between literature and culture, illustrating how literature reflects humanity?s many facets and how, in various ways, it may support, conflict with, or fragment dominant cultural values. Critical reading. Your classes will provide an introduction to literary criticism and theory, giving you insight into your own reading practices and the practices of both authors and literary critics. Critical writing. A variety of assignments in expository, analytic, and creative writing will enhance your ability to express yourself in writing as well as foster your understanding of literature.