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ENH2175 - Reading otherwise: Literature, gender, psychoanalysis

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Rose Lucas


Not offered in 2009


This unit will provide students with a theoretical framework within which to undertake a psychoanalytic reading of a number of texts, across a number of genres. This will involve consideration of certain key concepts within psychoanalytic theory, accessed primarily through the reading of a number of essays by Freud and Lacan. Psychoanalysis will then be used as a primary lens for reading. This involves the consideration of texts which overtly make use of the ideas and/or methodologies of psychoanalysis- such as Woolf's Mrs Dalloway or poet Anne Sexton's "To Bedlam, and Part Way Back" - in addition to a wider range of differently motivated texts - eg crime fiction or the Hollywood melodrama.


Students completing this unit have gained:

  1. Knowledge and a working understanding of selected psychoanalytic texts.

  1. Knowledge of a broad range of cross-genre literary texts.

  1. Further skills of literary analysis, enriched by the application of certain psychoanalytic concepts.

  1. Insight into the critical and theoretical debates concerning the production of a gendered subjectivity within literary texts.

  1. The necessary skills for contributing to critical discussion and producing scholarly written argument.


Written work: 50% (2500 words)
Class test: 40%
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar and one 1-hour lecture per week and occasional 2 hour screenings

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