Adopting a comparative cross-cultural approach, this unit considers different cultures' responses to the questions: what is literature? what is its purpose? what value does it have? Drawing upon literatures in both English and translation from different parts of the world and different periods in history, this unit explores conceptions of literary theory, criticism and interpretation within traditional, modern and postmodern settings. Notions such as authorship, textual integrity, literature and identity, and literature and history, will be considered.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x1000wd equivalent Tutorial presentation (10%), 2x 2500wd Essays (90%)
12 credit points at 2000 level from the International and Comparative Literary Studies major