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Critical Theory: A Survey (12 points)


Leader: Andrew Milner

Clayton First semester 2005 (Day)


Objectives: 1. To provide students with an advanced-level survey of various influential attempts to establish theoretical and methodological foundations for the analysis of literature and culture. Discussion will centre on: hermeneutics and reception theory; cultural materialism and the new historicism; semiology and semiotics; ideology critique and the sociology of culture; post-structuralist theories of difference. Each of these will be examined for their respective accounts of critical theory and method. 2. To enable students to articulate the analytical skills, theoretical vocabularies and conceptual apparatuses studied in the subject. 3. To provide students with the critical and expressive resources necessary to write clear, concise, accurate and independent essays on topics related to the reading. 4. To encourage students to consider the possible relevance to their own proposed research of each of the theoretical approaches discussed in the subject.

Assessment: Two essays (4500 words each): 100%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

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