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ICLS3631: What is Literature? Crosscultural Views

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.

Code ICLS3631
Academic unit International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level from the International and Comparative Literary Studies major

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

  • LO1. master the skills of reading literary texts meticulously and circumspectly in relation their historical and cultural specificity and susceptibility to intercultural scrutiny and translation.
  • LO2. grasp firmly the literary relations among neighbouring language communities and cultures.
  • LO3. acquire proficiency in discovering, evaluating, and benefitting from diverse primary and scholarly sources of fact and of opinion founded securely on fact.
  • LO4. deal intelligently and generously with fellow scholars working in any fields of knowledge however remote from one other.
  • LO5. master the skills of communicating expertly, clearly, and aptly for the benefit of scholarly and public inquiry into inter-cultural matters, especially those currently in dispute and in need of conciliation.

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