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ML2207 Critical and Comparative Approaches

Term 1

Convenor: Dr Danielle Sands

Essay 1: 30%, 1500- 2000 words
Essay 2: 70 %, 2000-2500 words


This course provides an account of some of the major trends and currents in twentieth-century Western literary and critical theory. By reading literary and theoretical texts alongside each other, students will ask questions such as: How do race and gender influence practices of reading and writing? How is meaning constructed? How does our understanding of what it means to be human change over time? A key aspect of the course will be an appreciation of theory as a fundamentally ‘intertextual’ process and dynamic practice which informs all of our reading. Texts studied may include works by Sigmund Freud, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gayatri Spivak, and J.M. Coetzee. 

Key Primary Bibliography

Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (3rd edition, Manchester University Press, 2009)

Secondary Literature: General, Theoretical, Introductory

Lodge, David and Nigel Wood (eds.), Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader (Longman, 3rd edition, 2008)

Jefferson, Ann and David Robey (eds.), Modern Literary Theory: a Comparative Introduction (Batsford, 2rd edition, 1986)



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