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Module Code: ENG118
Module Title: Literary Theory
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
• To introduce a range of critical and theoretical perspectives, providing a conceptual framework for literary study.

• To prepare students for engaging with literary texts at levels 2 and 3.

• To focus on questions of authorship, representation and identity and emphasize schools of thought such as structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and postcolonial theory.

• To introduce students to subject-specific and transferable skills such as using a library, compiling bibliographies, writing academic essays, conducting debates, taking a position, making use of scholarly journals, using web pages and other electronic resources critically

Learning outcomes 
A Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main currents in literary theory (e.g. Historicism, feminism, structuralism).

B Demonstrate a capacity to apply critical/theoretical terms and concepts to the study of literature.

C Demonstrate a basic ability to analyze literary texts in relation to historical and theoretical contexts.

D Demonstrate the ability to contextualize theoretical debates with the humanities.

Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (Lectures and Tutorials/workshops).
Topics will typically include, but not be limited to the following theoretical orientations and themes:

o Discourse and Power: e.g. Foucault, Cahoone,

o Feminisms: e.g. Wollstonecraft, de Beauvoir, Irigaray, Cixous

o Frankfurt School: e.g. Adorno, Benjamin

o New Historicism: Greenblatt, Humphries, Foucault

o Post-colonialism: e.g. Said, Spivak, Loomba

o Post-structuralism: e.g. Nietzsche, Derrida

o Postmodernism: e.g. Jameson, Lyotard, Hutcheon, Baudrillard

o Psychoanalysis: e.g. Freud, Lacan, Zizek

o Marxism: e.g. Marx, Balibar, Althusser, Gramsci, Negri

o Race: e.g. Dyer, Lopez, Fanon, Morrison

o Structuralism: e.g. Saussure, Barthes, Levi-Strauss, Jakobson

Suggested extracts include but are not limited to:

o Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

o Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

o Daphne Marlatt, Ana Historic

o Rose Tremain, Sacred Country

o Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Ballad of East and West’

o Thomas Macauley, ‘Minute on Education in India’

o Zadie Smith, White Teeth

o Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

o J.G. Ballard, ‘The Enormous Space’

o Franz Kafka, The Trial

o Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’

o William Shakespeare, Sonnets

o Robert Frost, ‘Design’ and ‘The Road not Taken’

o Ernest Hemingway, ‘A Cat in the Rain’

o Guy de Maupassant, ‘The Necklace’

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13    26      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework Essay 20.00
2 Coursework Essay 80.00

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