Postgraduate Course: Theories and Methods of Literary Study II (CLLC11025)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Having pushed the boundaries of the discipline of Comparative Literature in the first semester course, this second semester course surveys a number of different critical theories and approaches to studying texts. These are all influential theories which emerged in the 20th century and which are continuing to inform and feed into contemporary modes of analysis.
Over the course of the semester, students will explore a variety of critical approaches to interpreting texts in the light of the discussed theories. In the past sessions have included Feminism, Queer Theory, Postcolonialism, Psychoanalysis, Russian Formalism, Dialogism and the Carnivalesque, Deconstruction, and Ecocritisicm.
All texts taught on this course will be available in English / translation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Other Study Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
2 hours Other Study
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One essay of 1,000 words
One essay of 3,000 words
||Formative feedback will be provided individually.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of a number of literary theories and different approaches to literary study.
- Read a variety of theoretical texts critically and to reflect on aesthetic principles and their historical change within different contexts.
- Assess a range of applications of theories and approaches and their results as well as their usefulness for the students' own research interests.
- Analyse theoretical texts and to convey their arguments effectively in both written and oral form.
- Work autonomously both as part of a group and on their own.
|*Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 3rd edn (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009 )|
Bennett, Andrew, and Nicholas Royle, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, 4th edn (London and New York: Routledge, 2009)
Bertens, Hans, Literary Theory: The Basics, 3rd edn (London and New York: Routledge, 2013 )
*Culler, Jonathan, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
*Eagleton, Terry, Literary Theory: An Introduction, 2nd edn (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1983 )
¿ Figures of Dissent: Critical Essays on Fish, Spivak, ¿i¿ek and Others (New York: Verso, 2003)
Iser, Wolfgang, How to Do Theory (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2006)
Leitch, Vincent B. Literary Criticism in the 21st Century: Theory Renaissance (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)
Makaryk, Irena R., ed., Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms (Toronto and London: University of Toronto Press, 1993)
Rivkin, Julie, and Michael Ryan, Literary Theory: An Anthology, 2nd edn (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Frauke Matthes
Tel: (0131 6)51 1483
|Course secretary||Mr Michael Butler
Tel: (0131 6)51 1513