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ENGL2675: Literary and textual theories

This unit of study introduces concepts and debates that been influential in theorizations of textuality and discursive production in English studies. How have the representational, affective, social and ideological capacities of literary and other texts been conceived What relations have been posited with their historically-situated readers, writers and subjects Students will be introduced to problems of identity, (un)reason, power and critique as they impinge on textuality and meaning, and consider the implications these might have for the humanities, including for the choice to adopt the theoretical stance itself, in a period of environmental crisis and mounting authoritarianism.

Code ENGL2675
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level including 6 credit points from English

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate understanding of overarching trends in intellectual history which have shaped debate on textuality and meaning from the previous century on
  • LO2. demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of the semiotic, social and political dimensions of textuality
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of the ideological and political stakes of theoretical work on textuality
  • LO4. make effective written arguments about textuality and meaning
  • LO5. engage more confidently in undirected, spontaneous discussion on the themes of the unit

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.