School of English launches new MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies 

Posted on: 11 January 2021

The School of English has launched a new MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies, which can be studied full time for 1 year or part time for 2 years.

Modern and contemporary literary culture is excitingly diverse and complex. This taught master’s programme grows out of and embraces this rich multiplicity. Core modules give a thorough grounding in over two hundred years of anglophone literary and critical history. An array of option modules will enable students to forge their own path of study and completing a dissertation will allow students to develop their own research interests, under expert supervision and drawing on our amazing library collections.

Professor Darryl Jones, Director of MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies says: 

“The School of English is this year launching a new flagship taught postgraduate MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Literary Studies. It offers students the chance to explore two centuries of Anglophone literature and is ideal for those who are curious to study a truly diverse range of modern and contemporary literature – ranging from nineteenth-century female crime writers through to contemporary Caribbean poetry. Taught through small group seminars by a faculty who are leaders in their fields, it also offers students a chance to develop their own in-depth research project under expert supervision, drawing on the books and collections held here in Trinity’s remarkable library.” 

Trinity boasts an extraordinary modern literary lineage, from Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker to more recent graduates such as Tana French and Sally Rooney. The college has also long led the way in the teaching of modern and contemporary literature. It has internationally recognized strengths in national and international Anglophone literatures, in ‘canonical’ and ‘popular’ literary forms, and in material literary culture and book history. The college benefits too from being situated at the heart of Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature full of writers past and present, and containing a wealth of theatres, literary events and festivals, magazines and publishers.

Professor Darryl Jones continues:  

“Trinity College Dublin is a historic university at the heart of one of the world’s great literary cities. Many wonderful writers have studied and taught at the college down the centuries and many still do. We are the university of Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett, and, in more recent years, Anne Enright, Tana French, and Sally Rooney. Trinity also has one of the world’s leading English departments, ranked 28th in the 2020 QS world university rankings.  

“Available to those studying full-time and part-time, the course is open not only to graduates in English, but also to Historians and Art Historians, Linguists and Modern Language students, Classicists and Philosophers. Whether you’re interested in the Victorian novel, Modernist poetry, contemporary fiction, the history of the book and publishing, national or international literatures, or popular literature and culture, this is the master’s programme for you.”  

Find out more and apply here: