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Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Critical theory is a term that has come to signify a number of contemporary approaches to textual and cultural criticism. Research interests include eco-philosophy and eco-feminism, cultural materialism, deconstruction, feminist critical theory, hermeneutics, and psychoanalysis.


2846 Master of Arts by Research and Coursework

The entry below only details the coursework component of this degree. For all requirements including the research/thesis component refer to the full course entry.

Critical theory is a term used to describe a whole series of contemporary approaches to textual criticism: hermeneutics and reception theory, semiotics and structuralism, post-structuralism and deconstruction, post-Marxian theories of ideology and post-Freudian theories of psychoanalysis. These have all been central to recent works in literary and cultural studies. This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to this complex body of work and an opportunity to apply it to a substantive research thesis, which may focus on literary studies, cultural studies or critical theory itself.

Candidates intending to carry out research in comparative literature are normally expected to read literary texts in the original language.


Students complete 24 points at fifth year level from:

  • APG5265 Poetics
  • APG5266 Deleuze and Foucault
  • APG5267 Hermeneutics
  • APG5418 Semiotic and poststructural theory of literature and culture

Course coordinator: Professor Andrew Milner

Further courses

For a list of units in this area of study refer to the requirements for courses listed under 'Relevant courses'.

Relevant courses

  • 2846 Master of Arts by research and coursework
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.