Debates in Literature

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Debates in Literature

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Previous academic study of English literature.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module considers the critical and theoretical debates that inform the study of
    literature. Engaging with a range of texts in literary theory, philosophy, and the history of
    ideas, students are encouraged to engage critically with secondary sources to enhance

    close readings of literary texts. The module will develop students? ability to write
    persuasive, argumentative essays, informed by the work of different critical thinkers and
    to articulate clear, critical and theoretical ideas. Furthermore, the module will encourage
    students' to negotiate different approaches to literary texts and engage in active critical

    Students will be introduced to a selection of critical texts through the interactive
    lectures; these texts will be applied to a single literary text, such as Stevenson?s The
    Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Othello. This work will be supported by smallgroup
    teaching which will help to explore concepts and critics in more detail.
    ? Literature, Theory, Critical Practice
    ? Class and Ideology
    ? Psychoanalysis and the Uncanny
    ? Form and Structure
    ? Intertextuality and Genre
    ? Texts in Time
    ? Patriarchy and Gender
    ? Sexuality and Queer Theory
    ? Race
    ? Material Cultures

    There will be a series of four interactive lectures which will be shared with ?Writing and
    Rhetoric? in which students will be introduced to key literary texts to which they will then
    apply relevant theoretical concepts.

    Lectures, seminars and lecture workshops

    STUDY OPTION 1: a Portfolio which is comprised of several different elements including a
    series of formative exercises, such as:
    ? Short weekly seminar response sheets (10%)
    ? Group presentation at the end of semester 1 which will be written up for
    submission (30%)
    ? Assessment of each other?s work in the group work (10%)
    ? Essay (50%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: portfolio (some elements as those for Study Option 1).
    STUDY OPTION 3: portfolio (some elements as those for Study Option 1).

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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