2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019
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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of the basics of contemporary literary theory in relation to a range of written texts||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||apply relevant theories to a variety of written texts and understand the contexts in which texts can be read and critiqued||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||recognise different kinds of written texts in terms of their origins and structures and the ways in which they may generate meaning||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||decode a range of written texts with appropriate levels of theoretical and practical insights||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||understand the ongoing and changing nature of critical thinking||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||appreciate and apply appropriate research and referencing to academic writing.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Also available online http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=tempest: Shakespeare, W, The Tempest.
- Also available online. Originally published 1922. Republished often after that : Eliot, TS, The Waste Land.
- Bronte, C, 1992, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
- Dovey, C, 2014, Only the Animals , Hamish Hamilton/Penguin , Australia. ISBN: 978-1-926-42858-1.
- Klages, M, 2017, Literary Theory: The Complete Guide, Bloomsbury Academic , UK. ISBN: 9781472592743.
- Rhys, J, 1996, Wide Sargasso Sea, Penguin, London.
- Woolf, V, 1996, Mrs Dalloway, Not the original year of publication, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
- Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Teaching and assessment
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