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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to contemporary literary and cultural theories which will engage them in the central questions about the place of writing in culture. The genres of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction, as well as popular genres, are studied in relation to their cultural significances and their participation in cultural formation.

Unit content

Topic 1. Background to Contemporary Literary Theory and The Canon
Topic 2 Reading The Tempest over time
Topic 3 Jane Eyre and the 19th century revolution in thought and writing
Topic 4 Modernism, and the changing world: Reading Mrs Dalloway
Topic 5 Writing back to the centre through Wide Sargasso Sea
Topic 6 Postmodern aesthetics

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of the basics of contemporary literary theory in relation to a range of written texts
2 apply relevant theories to a variety of written texts and understand the contexts in which texts can be read and critiqued
3 recognise different kinds of written texts in terms of their origins and structures and the ways in which they may generate meaning
4 decode a range of written texts with appropriate levels of theoretical and practical insights
5 understand the ongoing and changing nature of critical thinking
6 appreciate and apply appropriate research and referencing to academic writing.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the basics of contemporary literary theory in relation to a range of written texts
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. apply relevant theories to a variety of written texts and understand the contexts in which texts can be read and critiqued
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. recognise different kinds of written texts in terms of their origins and structures and the ways in which they may generate meaning
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. decode a range of written texts with appropriate levels of theoretical and practical insights
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  5. understand the ongoing and changing nature of critical thinking
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. appreciate and apply appropriate research and referencing to academic writing.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Also available online. Originally published 1922. Republished often after that : Eliot, TS, The Waste Land.
  • Essential reading for unit. Also available online http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=tempest: Shakespeare, W, The Tempest.
  • Essential reading for unit: Bronte, C, 1992, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Essential reading for unit: Dovey, Ceridwen , 2014, Only the Animals , Hamish Hamilton/Penguin , Australia. ISBN: 978-1-926-42858-1.
  • Essential reading for unit: Rhys, J, 1996, Wide Sargasso Sea, Penguin, London.
  • Essential reading for unit: Woolf, V, 1996, Mrs Dalloway, Not the original year of publication, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Set text: Klages, M, 2006, Literary theory: a guide for the perplexed, Continuum, London, New York.

  • Also available online http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/playmenu.php?WorkID=tempest: Shakespeare, W, The Tempest.
  • Also available online. Originally published 1922. Republished often after that : Eliot, TS, The Waste Land.
  • Bronte, C, 1992, Jane Eyre, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
  • Dovey, Ceridwen , 2014, Only the Animals , Hamish Hamilton/Penguin , Australia. ISBN: 978-1-926-42858-1.
  • Klages, M, 2006, Literary theory: a guide for the perplexed, Continuum, London, New York.
  • Rhys, J, 1996, Wide Sargasso Sea, Penguin, London.
  • Woolf, V, 1996, Mrs Dalloway, Not the original year of publication, Wordsworth Classics, Hertfordshire.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.