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Literatures of Modernity (MA)

Part of the Faculty of Arts

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

Located in Toronto’s vibrant core, this one-year English MA affords students diverse learning opportunities. Innovative courses investigate modernity in literature from cultural, historical, and global settings. Students can pursue a major research paper, work as a teaching or research assistant, and complete a placement at a literary or cultural institution. Graduates have completed PhD studies worldwide, and work in fields such as writing, publishing, and teaching.

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At a Glance

More information on admission requirements .

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

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For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

  • Literatures and Cultures from the 16th Century to the Present
  • Critical Theory and Genre Studies
  • Creative Writing, Rhetoric, and Poetics
  • Digital Humanities, Technology, and Urban Studies
  • Film, Visual Culture, and Popular Culture
  • Diasporic Modernities
  • Digital Publishing
  • Genders, Sexualities, and Humans
  • Modernism and Auto/Biography
  • Modernity and the Visual: Image and Text
  • Rise of Children’s Literature
  • Unreal Cities

Literatures of Modernity (MA) graduate program calendar

  • Centre for Digital Humanities
  • Children’s Literature Archive
  • Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
  • White Wall Review Creative Writing Journal and Reading Series

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks
Graduate Program Director
PhD, University of Toronto
Research areas: Modernism, Motherhood Studies, Life Writing, Popular/Celebrity Culture, Scholarly Editing, and Digital Humanities.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6547

Lisa Benadiba
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2098

“Coming from the U.K., I’ve loved studying literature and different media in the heart of Toronto’s dynamic creative and cultural scene. We’re a small, dedicated group of students, and I’ve made great friendships and had incredible support from teachers who have pushed me to grow as a researcher, and to apply successfully for PhD study.”

Rebecca Thursten, MA student
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Student Profile, external link

The program's practicum option helped Adriana Sgromo (literatures of modernity MA alumna) become involved in the arts community and develop practical skills.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Literatures of Modernity (MA).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.