Convenor: Professor Paulo de Medeiros
PLEASE NOTE SEMINARS IN 2016-2017 BEGIN IN TERM 1, WEEK 2
This module offers an introduction to the practices of criticism. Form, genre and literary inheritance will be among the topics addressed. The module aims to enable students to work with a variety of critical approaches, and to develop an informed awareness of the possibilities available to them as readers and critics. Thematically organised lectures provide a frame of cultural reference on which the students will draw in their close readings in seminars. The module is taught in four units of four lectures each.
- Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Word for World Is Forest (1976)
- Hanif Kureishi, The Buddah of Suburbia (1990)
- Toni Morrison, A Mercy, (2008)
- David Lodge and Nigel Wood, Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader (3rd edition) [ISBN: 9780582784543]
- J.A. Cuddon (ed.) Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory revised by C.E.Preston [ISBN: 9780140513639]
The module is offered to first year undergraduates, Erasmus Mundus and exchange students as well as some honours level students. Details of the various assessment patterns can be found here.
- The first lecture for this module will take place at 10am on Thursday of week 1 (October 6th) in the Woods-Scawen Conference Room in the Arts Centre.
- Seminars start in week 2.
- MAIN LECTURE: Thursdays, 10-11 in the Woods-Scawen Conference Room in Warwick Arts Centre.
- SEMINARS: check your individual timetable
- SUPPLEMENTAL LECTURES ON CRITICAL THEORY: Prof Thomas Docherty will give a series of optional lectures on Mondays 12-13 in Arts Butterworth in week 2 and then in Lib2 for weeks 3-5 and weeks 7-10.
- Details of the Tutors who teach on this module can be found here (tba)
By the end of the module you should be able to
• Discuss a particular work of literature in relation to a variety of theoretical questions
• Engage more confidently in critical analysis and bibliographic research relating to works of modern literature
• Participate in discussions regarding the role of literature in society, questions of institutional authority and contemporary cultural debates
• Make an informed choice of honours-level pathways and specialized options in modern literary topics