Literatures in English – Field of study catalogue MU
Literatures in English
The doctoral degree programme in literatures in English provides advanced instruction in traditional areas of literary studies and in contextual, interdisciplinary, and transnational approaches to literature and culture. Students can specialize in one of the four major Anglophone areas – British and Irish literature, North American literature, Australian and New Zealand literature, or other literatures in English – or they can do a comparative study in two or more of these areas. Methodological approaches may include national/transnational, ethnicity, gender, queer, postcolonial, regional, and other aspects shaping literary studies. The programme is designed to encourage students to expand their literary-critical focus while developing their teaching, networking, and professional skills.
The main objectives of the programme are: 1) to expand rigorous research and methodological skills in literary-critical and critical-theoretical work; 2) to obtain detailed knowledge of the critical scholarship in the selected area of Anglophone literatures in Czech and international contexts; and 3) to acquire personal experience with and professional growth within Czech and international academic environments.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- demonstrate a complex overview and detailed knowledge of the field of literary studies (literary history, criticism, literary genres)
- show a deep understanding of interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to literature (ethnic, gender, postcolonial, regional, etc.)
- have expertise in one of the four Anglophone literary areas (British and Irish literatures, North American literatures, Australian and New Zealand literatures, other literatures in English)
The program endeavours to reflect the latest developments in the field of Anglophone literary studies as well as a range of soft skills. This allows doctoral degree students to enter the job market not only in academia but also in journalism, diplomacy, various national and transnational NGOs, public service, and the commercial sector.
The standard duration of the doctoral degree study programme is four years (eight semesters). For admittance to the doctoral final state examination, students have to earn a total of 240 ECTS credits for type A/required and type B/selective courses.
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Students are encouraged to arrange a research trip to areas of their scholarly interest, typically in their second or third year of the doctoral degree study programme.
The doctoral degree final state examination has two parts. The first part is a scholarly debate in which doctoral degree students demonstrate their knowledge of the field in its complex theoretical contexts. This debate is not necessarily related to the doctoral degree student’s dissertation research. The second part is a discussion in which students use their skills to critically reflect on and apply theoretical knowledge both within and outside the area of their dissertation research.