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Postgraduate Course: Theories and Methods of Literary Study II (CLLC11025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryHaving 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students on the MSc in Comparative Literature. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only available to students on the MSc in Comparative Literature. No outside subject enrolments or auditors are permitted.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 172 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 2 hours Other Study
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 1,000 words
One essay of 3,000 words
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided individually.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of a number of literary theories and different approaches to literary study.
  2. Read a variety of theoretical texts critically and to reflect on aesthetic principles and their historical change within different contexts.
  3. Assess a range of applications of theories and approaches and their results as well as their usefulness for the students' own research interests.
  4. Analyse theoretical texts and to convey their arguments effectively in both written and oral form.
  5. Work autonomously both as part of a group and on their own.
Reading List
*Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory, 3rd edn (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2009 [1995])

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 [2001])

*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 [1996])

¿ 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)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Benjamin Bateman
Tel: (0131) 650 4288
Course secretaryMrs Anne Budo
Tel: (0131 6)50 4161
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