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Critical Theory: A Survey (12 points)


Leader: Andrew Milner

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit aims to establish the theoretical and methodological foundations for the analysis of literature and culture. These will be examined from a range of competing theoretical perspectives. Discussion will centre on: hermeneutics and reception theory, cultural materialism and the new historicism, semiology and semiotics, ideology critique and the sociology of culture, post-structuralist theories of difference. Each of these will be examined for their respective accounts of critical theory and method. Candidates will be required to consider the possible relevance of each of these approaches to their proposed research.

Assessment: Two essays (4500 words each): 100%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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