LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1,3Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to contemporary literary and cultural theories which will engage them in the central questions about the place of writing in culture. The genres of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction, as well as popular genres, are studied in relation to their cultural significances and their participation in cultural formation.

Unit content

Topic 1. Background to Contemporary Literary Theory and The Canon
Topic 2 Reading The Tempest over time
Topic 3 Jane Eyre and the 19th century revolution in thought and writing
Topic 4 Modernism, and the changing world: Reading Mrs Dalloway
Topic 5 Writing back to the centre through Wide Sargasso Sea
Topic 6 Postmodern aesthetics

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Session 3

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Discussion board10%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board10%

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