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ENGL3655: The Literary in Theory

2023 unit information

This unit will introduce students to significant movements in modern and contemporary literary theory to think about what it means to speak of the literary. The unit of study begins by examining the question of literariness through its exposition and defence by a number of scholars. We will pursue the applications of their arguments through a selection of theoretical models, including queer and gender theory, psychoanalysis, and race theory, to consider the cultural and ideological work imaginative literature undertakes.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

English and Writing

Code ENGL3655
Academic unit English and Writing
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature

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

  • LO1. Understand the broad traditions of literary theory that have animated the study of literature over the last century, in order to gauge not only the ambit and evolution of the field in general but also to better understand your own theoretical convictions, intuitions, and interests. (Addresses graduate qualities A and F.)
  • LO2. Isolate and investigate the theoretical and critical assumptions that you already bring to literature, so your reading of it may become more exactingly theoretical and critical. (Addresses graduate qualities B and E.)
  • LO3. Render your understanding of literature more culturally and historically circumspect and thus also more radically self-critical. (Addresses graduate qualities C and F.)
  • LO4. Apply the analytical acumen you develop in understanding literary theory and criticism to other fields and kinds of intellectual enquiry. (Addresses graduate qualities B and D.)

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Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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