- Class Number 2615
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Russell Smith
- Dr Russell Smith
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
There are many different ways to ‘read’ texts. Some of the most exciting contemporary debates concern not just what to read, but how and why. In the process, the meanings of ‘reading’ and ‘text’ have been thrown wide open, and these meanings have ramifications for research writing. What does it mean to ‘read’ 20,000 novels using an electronic database? Can we ‘read’ performing bodies, or emotions, ‘as if’ they were texts?
This course seeks to introduce students to a range of current theories and methods in humanities scholarship, with a particular focus on literary and cultural studies, drama and creative writing. Although it builds on skills and knowledge students will have developed through their undergraduate study, this course begins with an introductory or ‘refresher’ segment which provides an overview of the major developments in literary criticism and theory over the course of the twentieth century, including humanism, formalism, structuralism and post-structuralism, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis, historicism and postcolonialism. Informed by this foundation, students will examine in turn 3 or 4 current topics in literary and cultural studies, each running over 2-3 weeks and paired with a primary text (a novel, play, film, case study etc.). Topics might include: new theories of reading, such as ‘distant reading’, ‘surface reading’, ‘reparative reading’ etc.; animal studies; ecocriticism; theories of performance; practice-led research; theories of affect and emotion; trauma studies; memory studies; neuroscience and ‘plasticity’; each taught by scholars focusing on these areas.
The course will not provide a comprehensive overview, but an exciting and varied sample of current debates. Its aim is to stimulate students to think of reading as a creative process, and of research writing as itself a form of creative reading.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand and critically evaluate the influence of a
range of intellectual developments on the theory and practice of the discipline
of literary and cultural studies, drama and creative writing.
- Understand the key elements of a range of different
theoretical approaches and apply these approaches to specific examples.
- Identify, contextualize and critically evaluate which critical approaches and scholarly debates are best suited to particular research projects, or that will best enable sophisticated analysis of particular kinds of ‘texts’.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- verbal feedback from tutor and peers, and written feedback from tutor, on the oral presentations;
- written comments on both essays
- summary feedback during seminars throughout the course.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: Reading and Interpreting, part 1|
|2||Paranoid and Reparative Reading|
|3||Critique and Postcritique, part 1|
|5||Reading the Archive, part 1|
|6||Reading the Archive, part 2|
|7||Reading and Interpreting, part 2|
|9||Reading as… / reading for…|
|10||Critique and Postcritique, part 2|
|12||Summing up||Essay One (Three weeks after presentation); Essay Two|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Oral Presentation 1||10 %||1,2,3|
|Oral presentation 2||10 %||1,2,3|
|Short essay||30 %||1,2,3|
|Long Essay||50 %||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Oral Presentation 1
10 minute summary of theory reading (10%)
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Oral presentation 2
10 minute creative application of theory reading (10%)
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Drawing on feedback in class from your tutor and fellow students, revise and expand one of your class presentations into a 1500-word essay (30%)
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Write a 3000 word essay in response to one of the essay questions (50%)
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- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Modernist Literature, Literary Theory
Dr Russell Smith