Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLiterary Studies
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Professor Susan Kossew


The unit aims to establish the theoretical and methodological foundations for the analysis of literary and cultural texts. These will be examined from a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives. Approaches may include some of the following: postcolonial, eco-critical, new materialist, gender theory, semiotic, aesthetic, new media and post-structural. Each of these approaches will be examined for their respective accounts of literary and cultural theory and method. Students will be asked to consider the possible relevance of these approaches to their proposed research.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced-level understanding of various influential attempts to establish theoretical and methodological foundations for the analysis of literature and culture;
  2. articulate and practise the analytical skills, theoretical vocabularies and conceptual apparatuses necessary for literary and cultural studies at postgraduate level;
  3. access the critical and expressive resources necessary to write clear, concise, accurate and independent essays on topics related to the readings;
  4. consider the possible relevance to their own proposed research topic of the theoretical approaches discussed in this unit;
  5. benefit from authentic academic assessments that are relevant to researchers in literary and cultural studies.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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