Reading Literary Theory

University of Roehampton

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Reading Literary Theory

  • Host University

    University of Roehampton

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

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

    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 Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.