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Undergraduate Course: Ideology and Literature (ENLI10083)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will examine a number of nineteenth and twentieth-century literary texts from the perspective of changing conceptions of 'ideology', from Marx to the present day.
Course description This course will examine a number of texts from the perspective of changing conceptions of 'ideology', from Marx to the present day. By looking at works by writers such as William Wordsworth, Charlotte Bronte, Joseph Conrad and Samuel Beckett, the course explores the relationships between ideas of subjectivity, class, and the unconscious and examines the responses of literary texts to the possibility of radical political change. Karl Marx, Louis Althusser and Slavov Zizek will form the principal theoretical perspectives. Secondary reading will include the work of György Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, Raymond Williams, Jerome McGann, Terry Eagleton, and Frederick Jameson.

This course will examine a number of texts from the perspective of changing conceptions of 'ideology', from Marx to the present day.

The main topics covered are:

-- Ideology, class, capitalism and consciousness
-- The 'Romantic Ideology'
-- Ideology and subjectivity
-- ideology and historical fiction
-- 'Structures of feeling'
-- The 'political unconscious'
-- Modernism, form and ideology
-- The author as producer
-- Ideology and structuralism
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or other interdisciplinary classes, Freshman Year Seminars or composition/creative writing classes/workshops are not considered for admission to this course. Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having 4 literature classes at grade A.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Enhance students' knowledge of the history and theories of the concept of 'ideology'.
  2. Enhance students' understanding of the relationship between ideology and literature.
  3. Extend students' knowledge of poetic, fictional and dramatic works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  4. Enhance students' critical skills, particularly in the ideological analysis of literary texts.
  5. Enhance students' ability to communicate their ideas and engage in critical debate (orally and in written form) on the topic of ideology and literature.
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Special Arrangements Numbers are limited to 15, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
Additional Class Delivery Information 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). 1 hour a week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
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Course organiserDr Tim Milnes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3615
Course secretaryMrs Anne Mason
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
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