Death, Pleasure and the Literary Imagination
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Identify and reflect on the different intellectual and emotional dimensions of reading for a range of fictional and critical texts.
- To apply basic critical and theoretical concepts and terminology in the analysis of literary texts.
- To identify and contextualise theoretical concepts in secondary readings and incorporate secondary readings meaningfully into a research essay.
- To analyse passages of literary texts through close reading.
- • Key terms and concepts in literary studies.
- • Literary periods and genres.
- • Introduction to critical frameworks in literary studies.
- • Practice close reading and critical thinking.
- • Death, pleasure, sex, madness, love, joy and all the rest in literature.
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What do pleasure and death have to do with literature? This subject introduces key terms and concepts in literary studies through the lens of our pleasures and fears as they have shaped literature and culture for centuries. Since Scheherazade stories have mediated between pleasure and death. This subject explores the ways humans have transformed questions of life, death and longing into literature in different times & places, genres & literary styles. The readings will be accompanied and elucidated by a range of tutorials, interactive lecture events and online forums.
- One 1600-word essay. (40%)
- 9 x online modules (multiple choice tests) (1000 words equivalent). (25%)
- Passage analysis in 2 parts with a total of 1200 words. (35%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.