LT204-5-FY-CO:
Criticism: Practice and Theory

The details
2024/25
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
30
07 June 2024

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA QW24 Drama and Literature,
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ42 Drama and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ32 Film Studies and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW26 Film Studies and Literature,
BA QW27 Film Studies and Literature (Including Placement Year),
MLITQ391 Literature,
BA LQ32 Literature and Sociology,
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QL23 Literature and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ393 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA Q210 English and Comparative Literature,
BA Q211 English and Comparative Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

The module is intended to familiarise students with how we think about and analyse artworks and human identity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Our primary texts on this module are not works of fiction by novelists, filmmakers or dramatists, but the writings of theorists and cultural thinkers. We examine how these thinkers have addressed the changing world we live in, and its impact on who we are and how we write, read, envisage, and imagine.

We explore how theories of class, gender, race, sexuality and the unconscious have altered not only our conceptions of identity, but also how we analyze texts and images. We ask how technology, migration, and environmental disaster have changed not only our representations in literature, film, or theatre, but also our ways of interpreting.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

1. To equip students with a broad array of conceptual tools which they can apply to their own critical and creative work
2. To introduce students to the thinkers and thinking behind such key concepts, showing the links between them
3. To provide students with the conceptual and analytical tools to explore how particular theories can help us to analyse artworks in novel and unexpected ways.

Module learning outcomes

After successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of a wide variety of approaches to works of literature and art
2. critically evaluate and apply theoretical frameworks in practice
3. analyse and interpret artistic and cultural works.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour class

Bibliography*

  • Lapsley, Rob. (2013) 'Psychoanalytic Criticism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Coetzee, J. M. (1987) Foe, London: Penguin.
  • Foucault, Michel. (2008) 'Panopticism', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader: Routledge.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (2002) 'Some Psychological Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes', in The masculinity studies reader, Malden, Mass: Blackwell. vol. Keyworks in cultural studies, pp.14-20
  • Freud, Sigmund. (2008) 'A Note on the Unconscious in Psychoanalysis', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Lacan, Jacques. (2008) 'The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Williams, Raymond. (2008) 'Culture is Ordinary', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Benjamin, Walter. (2008) 'The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Villeneuve, Denis; Gosling, Ryan; Ford, Harrison; Dick, Philip K. (©2018) Blade runner 2049, Burbank, CA: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
  • Beauvoir, Simone de. (1997) The Second Sex, London: Vintage.
  • Wake, Paul. (2013) 'Narrative and Narratology', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Haraway, Donna. (2008) 'A Manifesto for Cyborgs', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader: Routledge.
  • Baudrillard, Jean. (no date) 'Simulacra and Simulations', in Jean Baudrillard : selected writings., pp.169-187
  • Cixous, Hélène. (2008) '“Sorties”, an extract from La Jeune Née (“The Newly Born Woman”)', in Modern criticism and theory: a reader, Harlow: Longman.
  • Churchill, Caryl. (2010) Cloud nine, London: Nick Hern.
  • Marx, Karl. (2008) 'Preface to 'Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy'', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Freud, Sigmund. (1976, reprinted 1982) 'The Dream-Work', in The interpretation of dreams, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books.
  • Daly, Glyn. (2013) 'Marxism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, London: Routledge.
  • Malpas, Simon; Wake, Paul. (2013) The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Poe, Edgar Allan. (c1953) 'The Purloined Letter', in The greatest American short stories: twenty classics of our heritage, New York: Webster Div., McGraw-Hill Book Co.
  • Crenshaw, Kimberlé. (2007) 'Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color', in Feminist Philosophy Reader, London: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe., pp.279-309
  • Badmington, Neil; Thomas, Julia. (2008) The Routledge Critical and Cultural Theory Reader, London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Said, Edward. (2008) 'Introduction to Orientalism', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Bakhtin, M. M. (1988) 'Heteroglossia in the Novel', in The dialogic imagination: four essays, Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
  • Irigaray, Luce. (c1997) 'This sex which is not one', in Feminisms: an anthology of literary theory and criticism, Basingstoke: Macmillan.
  • Hall, Donald E. (2013) 'Gender and Queer Theory', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Eaglestone, Robert. (c2009) 'Doing English Today', in Doing English: a guide for literature students, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Bailly, Lionel. (2009) 'Real, Symbolic, Imaginary', in Lacan: a beginner's guide, Oxford: Oneworld.
  • Fish, Stanley Eugene. (1980) 'What Makes an Interpretation Acceptable?', in Is there a text in this class?: The authority of interpretive communities, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
  • Lacan, Jacques. (1988) 'Seminar on "The Purloined Letter"', in The Purloined Poe: Lacan, Derrida & psychoanalytic reading, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Buell, Lawrence. (2009) 'The World, the Text, and the Ecocritic', in The future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imagination: John Wiley and Sons Ltd., pp.29-61
  • Cixous, Helene. (2009) 'The Laugh of the Medusa', in Feminisms redux: an anthology of literary theory and criticism, New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press., pp.416-431
  • Belsey, Catherine. (2013) 'Poststructuralism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Hekman, Susan. (2013) 'Feminism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Buell, Lawrence. (2009) 'Glossary of Selected Terms', in The future of environmental criticism : environmental crisis and literary imagination: John Wiley and Sons Ltd., pp.135-149
  • Malpas, Simon. (2013) 'Historicism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Butler, Judith. (2008) 'Imitation and Gender Subordination', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Daly, Glyn. (2013) 'Marxism', in The Routledge companion to critical and cultural theory, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Cramer, Florian. (2015) '“What is 'Post-Digital'?”', in Postdigital aesthetics : art, computation and design, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.12-27
  • Barthes, Roland. (2008) 'The Death of the Author', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Dick, Philip K. (©1968) Do androids dream of electric sheep?, London: Gollancz.
  • White, Hayden. (2008) 'The Burden of History', in The Routledge critical and cultural theory reader, Abingdon: Routledge.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Essay 1 (2,000 words)     35% 
Coursework   Essay 2 (2,000 words)    35% 
Coursework   Online portfolio (Weekly submissions to Moodle)    25% 
Practical   Participation    5% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
70% 30%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
70% 30%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Susan Oliver, email: soliver@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Joanna Rzepa, email: joanna.rzepa@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Chris Bundock (AU), Professor Susan Oliver (SP)
LiFTS General Office - email liftstt@essex.ac.uk. Telephone 01206 872626

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Doug Haynes
University of Sussex
Reader in American Literature and Visual Culture
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 2736 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
2736 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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