SOAS University of London

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

MA Comparative Literature (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The MA Comparative Literarure (Asia/Africa) attracts students who seek an opportunity to move from the familiar Euro-American literary canons into the fresh but less well known worlds of African and Asian literature.

At SOAS, students benefit from the unique expertise in this vast field possessed by the school’s faculty. This expertise is available to students interested in studying these literatures through English - including both original English language literatures of Africa and Asia and literature written in African and Asian languages presented through English translations.

While exploring new horizons and breaking out of the Euro-centric space in which comparative literature has developed so far, the programme covers the major theoretical contributions made by Western scholars. In doing so, it constructs a unique multi-cultural domain for the study of literature and its location in culture and society.

A prior knowledge of an African or Asian language is not a requirement for admission to the MA Comparative Literature.

See School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Why study Comparative Literature at SOAS

  • SOAS is ranked 1st in London in the Complete University Guide 2021 for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and 6th in the UK
  • Ranked 8th in the UK in the Complete University Guide 2021 for South Asian Studies
  • SOAS is specialist in the studies of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia
  • access SOAS’s comprehensive cross-regional expertise and gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of these regions in an increasingly globalised world.

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a 2:2 (or international equivalent) or higher in social science of humanities subject. In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications.

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time). Two or three years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2021/22

UK fees:
£10,680
Overseas fees:
£21,980

Fees for 2021/22 entrants. This is a Band 1 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

Convenors

Q&A

Q&A with Dr Keya Anjaria

Dr Keya Anjaria describes what students can expect who join the MA Comparative Literature programme at SOAS.

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Q&A video with Dr Keya Anjaria, MA Comparative LIterature

Structure

Structure

Students take 180 credits, 60 of which are a dissertation and a 120 from taught modules. All students take 30 credits of core modules, 15 credits from List A, 45 credits from List B (which may include up to 30 credits of language acquisition modules at appropriate level), and up to 30 credits from the list of Postgraduate Open Options.

Programme

Dissertation
Module Code Credits Term
Dissertation in Cultural, Literary, and Postcolonial Studies 15PCSC999 60 Full Year
Core Modules

Students take both of the following modules

Module Code Credits Term
Comparative Literature: Methodology and Critique 15PCSH004 15 Full Year
Comparative Literature: A New Era 15PCSH005 15 Term 2
List A
Module Code Credits Term
World Literature (PG) 15PCSH002 15 Term 2
Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 15PAFH031 15 Term 1
List B

(students may take up to 30 credits of language acquisition modules at an appropriate level)

Module Code Credits Term
African and Asian Diasporas in the Contemporary World: Cultures of Resistance and the Dissolution of Boundaries 15PANH085 15 Term 2
African Philosophy (PG) 15PAFH008 15 Term 1
Chinese Cinema (PG) 15PCHH050 15 Term 1
Cinemas of of the Middle East and North Africa 1 15PNMH048 15 Term 1
Cinemas of of the Middle East and North Africa 2 15PNMH049 15 Term 2
Contemporary African Literature (PG) 15PAFH032 15 Term 2
Cultural Studies: New Horizons 15PCSH006 15 Term 2
Cultural Studies: Origins, Development, Methodologies 15PCSH003 15 Full Year
Directed Readings in a South East Asian Language 15PSEH016 15 Term 1
English Literatures of South East Asia 15PSEH013 15 Term 1
Gender in East Asian Literature (PG) 15PEAH014 15 Term 2
Genders and Sexualities in South East Asian Film 15PSEH011 15 Term 2
Intersecting Worlds: Race and Gender in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel 15PAFH031 15 Term 1
Japanese Cinema (PG) 15PJKH058 15 Term 2
Language, Identity and Society in Africa (PG) 15PAFH033 15 credits
Literature, Politics and National Identity in Modern China (PG) 15PCHH042 15 Term 2
Literature & Colonialism in North India (Masters) 15PSAH005 15 Term 1
Literatures of Resistance in South Asia (PG) 15PSAH038 15 Term 1
Modern and Contemporary Arts in Africa 15PARH048 15 Term 2
Modern Palestinian Literature (PG) 15PNMC379 15 Term 2
Myths, Legends and Folkways of East Asia (PG) 15PJKH052 15 Term 1
New Taiwan Cinema and Beyond (PG) 15PCHH002 15 Term 1
Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - A 15PSAH034 15 Term 1
Politics of Culture in Contemporary South Asia - B 15PSAH035 15 Term 2
Postcolonial Theory and Practice 15PCSC003 30 Full Year
Modern Chinese Literary Texts (PG) 15PCHH053 15 Full Year
Self, City and Sexuality in Modern Japanese Literature 1868 to present day (PG) 15PJKH030 15 Term 1
The Afghanistan Wars, 1979 to the Present 15PHIH056 15 Term 1
Trajectories of Modernity in Korean Literature and Film (PG) 15PJKH006 15 Term 1
Translating Cultures 1 15PJKH019 15 Term 2
War, Revolution and Independence in South East Asia Literatures in Translation (Masters) 15PSEH009 15 Term 2
World Literature (PG) 15PCSH002 15 Term 2
Writing from the Margins: Voices of change in Modern Japanese Literature (PG) 15PJKH031 15 Term 2

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

One-year Masters programmes consist of 180 credits. 120 credits are taught in modules of 30 credits (taught over 20 weeks) or 15 credits (taught over 10 weeks); the dissertation makes up the remaining 60 units. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework and revising for examinations. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2021/22 entrants, per academic year (Band 1 tuition fee) 

Full-time Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years Part-time 4 Years
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£10,680 £21,980 £5,340 £10,990 £3,560 £7,330 £5,340 £10,990

Fees go up each year, therefore, your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

For full details of postgraduate tuition fees see our postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2021-01-29 00:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-02-15 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2021-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2021-04-30 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2021-03-08 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2021-06-04 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

Graduates of the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with skills in written and oral communication, analysis and problem solving.

Recent School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics graduates have been hired by:

  • Africa Matters
  • Amnesty International
  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • BBC World Service
  • British High CommissionCouncil for British Research in the Levant
  • Department for International Development
  • Edelman
  • Embassy of Jordan
  • Ernst & Young
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Google
  • Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Middle East Eye
  • Saïd Foundation
  • TalkAbout Speech Therapy
  • The Black Curriculum
  • The Telegraph
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
  • Wall Street Journal

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A Student's Perspective

This course has challenged me to question my preconceived notions of binaries and absolutes, allowing me to develop a more nuanced interpretation of different literary traditions

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