Course Description

Course Name

Reading Literary Theory

Session: VLNF3423

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: coursework (5000 words in total)
This module will build on the introduction to literary theory that we gave you in your first year (i.e. the book by Bennett and Royle) and other encounters with theorists that you may have had during your second year. Literary theory is at its most interesting when read closely and the focus of this module will be on reading a small amount of challenging material carefully. One should not forget that theorists are often great close readers of texts, and literary theory is an activity that involves the creative and critical faculties. Theorists covered may include Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Sigmund Freud, Jacques Derrida, Helene Cixous and John Schad.

*Course content subject to change