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This list relates to the 2017-18 which ended on 18/08/2018
  1. Recommended background reading on literary theory: 10 items
    1. Modern literary theory: a reader - Philip Rice, Patricia Waugh 2001

      Book 

    2. Literary theory: a very short introduction - Jonathan Culler 2000

      Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    3. Literary theory: an introduction - Terry Eagleton 2008 (electronic book)

      Book  A critical and readable introduction written from a Marxist perspective. [Print copies of the 1996 second edition available at classmark: PN45.E2F96 ]

    4. Literary theory on CD-ROM 1999 (electronic resource)

      Journal 

    5. Modern criticism and theory: a reader - David Lodge 1988

      Book  A complement to the above, which goes up to post-structuralism. [The Library also holds the 2000 revised edition at classmark: PN94.M7G00 ]

    6. 20th century literary criticism: a reader - David Lodge 1972

      Book  A collection of classic essays from T.S Eliot to early Barthes.

    7. Literary theory: an anthology - Julie Rivkin, Michael Ryan 1998

      Book 

    8. The Cambridge companion to narrative - David Herman c2007

      Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

  2. Week 1: Introduction 1 item
    1. This introductory session will cover the aims and objectives of the module, the schedule for classes, and the assessment assignments. It will also ask students to describe their previous experience of studying literary theory and to outline their expectations for the course and the challenges it might present.

  3. Week 2: From Structuralism to Post-structuralism 6 items
    1. Bibliography: 2 items
      1. Mythologies - Roland Barthes 2014

        Book  Older editions also available in the Library.

      2. A lover's discourse: fragments - Roland Barthes, Richard Howard 1979

        Book 

    2. Further Recommended Reading: 4 items
      1. Barthes - Jonathan Culler 1983

        Book 

      2. Barthes: Mythologies - Andrew Leak 1994

        Book 

      3. Roland Barthes - Rick Rylance 1994

        Book  esp. chap.2 on structuralism.

  4. Week 3: Reader-response (1) 4 items
    1. Bibliography: 2 items
      1. The pleasure of the text - Roland Barthes, (trans.) Richard Miller 1975

        Book 

    2. Case study: 1 item
      1. Les Liaisons dangereuses - Choderlos de Laclos 2002

        Book 

    3. Further Recommended Reading: 1 item
      1. tbc.

  5. Week 4: Reader-response (2) 2 items
    1. Primary Texts: 2 items
      1. The figure of the author - Maurice Couturier 2017

        Book 

  6. Week 5: The theory and practice of life-writing: autobiography, the dark continent of literature? (1) 8 items
    In this session we will discuss the autobiographical mode of writing, and reading, and the development of life-writing as a field of study. We will read seminal articles on the theory of life-writing, complemented by case studies which shed light on issues of memory, language, invention, and reader engagement.
    1. Primary Texts: 4 items
      1. The Autobiographical Pact - Philippe Lejeune

        Chapter 

      2. Reading autobiography: a guide for interpreting life narratives - Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson 2010

        Book  chapters I to III. [Available in the library and as an e-book.]

    2. Case studies: excerpts from: 4 items
      1. The lover - Marguerite Duras 2006

        Book 

      2. L'Amant - Marguerite Duras 1984

        Book 

      3. Shame - Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie 1998

        Book 

      4. La honte - Annie Ernaux 1997

        Book 

  7. Week 6: The theory and practice of life-writing: autobiography and photography (2) 27 items
    In this session we will discuss the ‘visual turn’ taken by life-writing in the past few decades. Using Barthes’ theory, and practice, of photography and life-writing as a starting point, we will discuss the relation between autobiography, photography, mortality, invention and self-representation. This will be complemented by case studies from texts already discussed in session 1.
    1. Primary text: 2 items
      1. Roland Barthes - Roland Barthes, (trans.) Richard Howard 1994

        Book 

    2. Case studies: excerpts from: 4 items
      1. The lover - Marguerite Duras 2006

        Book 

      2. L'Amant - Marguerite Duras 1984

        Book 

      3. Shame - Annie Ernaux, Tanya Leslie 1998

        Book 

      4. La honte - Annie Ernaux 1997

        Book 

    3. Further recommended reading on life-writing 21 items
      1. Contesting childhood: autobiography, trauma, and memory - Kate Douglas 2010

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      2. The ethics of life writing - Paul John Eakin 2004

        Book 

      3. Touching the world: reference in autobiography - Paul John Eakin 1992

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      4. On autobiography - Philippe Lejeune, Katherine M. Leary 1989

        Book 

      5. On diary - Philippe Lejeune 2009

        Book 

      6. Metaphors of self - James Olney 1971

        Book 

      7. French autobiography: devices and desires : Rousseau to Perec - Michael Sheringham 1993

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      8. Reading autobiography: a guide for interpreting life narratives - Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson 2010

        Book  [Available in the library and as an e-book.]

  8. Week 7: Essay-Writing Tutorial 1 item
    1. This one-hour session will allow students the opportunity to discuss the issues they experience when writing academic essays. It will discuss best academic practice and outline strategies for researching and writing.

  9. Week 8: Rethinking Otherness (1) Critical Race Theory and Performative Identities 8 items
    1. Primary Texts: 5 items
      1. Critical race theory: an introduction - Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic 2017

        Book  pp.1-11 and 77-92.

      2. Critical race theory: the cutting edge - Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic 2000

        Book  ‘The Social Construction of Race’, pp. 163-176.

      3. Visible identities: race, gender, and the self - Linda Alcoff 2006 (electronic book)

        Book  Read Chapter 3 (7): ‘The Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment’.

      4. On Judith Butler - Sarah Salih

        Chapter 

    2. Case study: 1 item
      1. Passing - Nella Larsen 2012

        Book 

    3. Further Recommended Reading: 2 items
  10. Week 9: Rethinking Otherness (2) The Non-Human, Species, and Posthumanism 9 items
    1. Primary Texts: 5 items
      1. The animal that therefore I am - Jacques Derrida, (trans.) David Wills 2008

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      2. A Race of Wolves - Carla Freccero

        Chapter 

      3. Introduction: A Dialogue - Claire Jean Kim, Carla Freccero 2013

        Article 

    2. Case Study: 2 items
      1. Bisclavret - Marie de France

        Chapter 

    3. Further Recommended Reading: 2 items
      1. What is posthumanism? - Cary Wolfe 2010

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

  11. Week 10: Politics of Culture, Literature and Arts (1) 7 items
    Drawing on notions of ‘distribution of the sensible’ and ‘dissensus’ as developed by Jacques Rancière, this part of the module engages with the idea that ‘literature does politics simply by being literature’. This will constitute the basis for a broader discussion of the relation between politics and aesthetics.
    1. Primary Texts: 2 items
      1. The politics of literature - Jacques Rancière, (trans.) Julie Rose 2011

        Book 

      2. Mallarmé: the politics of the siren - Jacques Rancière, Steve Corcoran 2011

        Book 

    2. Case Study: 2 items
      1. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert, Eleanor (Marx) Aveling 1932

        Book  Later editions also available in the Library.

      2. Collected poems and other verse - Stéphane Mallarmé 2008

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

    3. Further Recommended Reading: 3 items
      1. The Double Session - Jacques Derrida

        Chapter 

      2. A world of difference - Barbara Johnson 1987 (electronic book)

        Book 

  12. Week 11: Politics of Culture, Literature and Arts (2) 8 items
    1. Primary Text: 1 item
      1. The Paradoxes of Political Art - Jacques Rancière

        Chapter 

    2. Further Recommended Reading: 7 items
      1. The politics of aesthetics: the distribution of the sensible - Jacques Rancière, Gabriel Rockhill 2006

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

      2. Jacques Rancière: key concepts - Jean-Philippe Deranty 2010

        Book 

      3. Jacques Rancière - Oliver Davis 2010

        Book 

      4. The political thought of Jacques Rancière: creating equality - Todd May 2008

        Book  Available in the library and as an e-book.

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