Unit aim

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

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Also available online. originally published 1922. Republished often after that : Eliot, T S, The Waste Land.
  • Essential reading for unit. Also available online http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=tempest: Shakespeare, W, The Tempest.
  • Essential reading for unit: Bronte, C, 1992, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Essential reading for unit: Dovey, Ceridwen , 2014, Only the Animals , Hamish Hamilton/Penguin , Australia. ISBN: 978-1-926-42858-1.
  • Essential reading for unit: Rhys, J, 1996, Wide Sargasso Sea, Penguin, London.
  • Essential reading for unit: Woolf, V, 1996, Mrs Dalloway, Not the original year of publication, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Set text: Klages, M, 2006, Literary theory: a guide for the perplexed, Continuum, London, New York.

Session 3

  • Also available online. Originally published 1922. Republished often after that : Eliot, TS, The Waste Land.
  • Essential reading for unit. Also available online http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=tempest: Shakespeare, W, The Tempest.
  • Essential reading for unit: Bronte, C, 1992, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Essential reading for unit: Dovey, Ceridwen , 2014, Only the Animals , Hamish Hamilton/Penguin , Australia. ISBN: 978-1-926-42858-1.
  • Essential reading for unit: Rhys, J, 1996, Wide Sargasso Sea, Penguin, London.
  • Essential reading for unit: Woolf, V, 1996, Mrs Dalloway, Not the original year of publication, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Set text: Klages, M, 2006, Literary theory: a guide for the perplexed, Continuum, London, New York.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Essay40%
Essay40%
Participation10%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Discussion board10%
Essay40%
Essay40%
Participation10%
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