After successful completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:
• Combine techniques of textual analysis and personal judgment to form clearly
expressed critical examinations of literary passages which exhibit a combination of critical reading, independent thought, and a capacity to construct a persuasive argument in appropriate scholarly form.
• Identify the key critical issues raised by different approaches to reading.
• Identify the key critical issues surrounding comparative practice, including questions of global literature, transationalism and translation, and learn how to deploy different approaches to comparatism.
• Assess the ways in which critical and theoretical texts enhance literary reading.
• Employ both literary and theoretical texts to address issues in critical practice.
• Isolate and comment upon the most interesting stylistic, thematic, rhetorical and related features of previously unseen texts and compare texts in a mutually illuminating fashion.
What characterises genres such as Landscape Art, Portraiture, History Painting, Religious Art, Satire and Caricature, or Abstraction? By studying a selection of particular movements students explore key phases in the development of European visual culture and analyse the artists’ principal stylistic and theoretical concerns, their interaction and development, and their significance within a variety of cultural contexts.
This course introduces students to a range of important texts and authors, both canonical and non-canonical, from early modern Spain and France. Yet it does so through a selection of outsider figures – characters whose aberrant or idiosyncratic identity, outlook, or behaviour sets them at odds with their society. The characters on this course thus challenge some of society’s most deeply entrenched but often unwritten codes – of reason, gender, decorum, sexuality, class, and religion – and can thus offer important insights into the workings and values of the society whose norms they transgress. As we shall see, though, the treatment of such figures can vary widely. Whereas the outsider’s departure from the norm is often apparently ridiculed or censured, it can sometimes be celebrated or rehabilitated – whether by other characters within the fiction or by the literary work itself. Indeed, the period’s fascination with marginal or transgressive characters and behaviour betrays throughout a deep unease about the validity of its own norms and standards.
'Gender and Clothing' will involve an examination of gender as it is expressed, maintained, or challenged by clothing. You will investigate a variety of Anglophone, Francophone, and German-language twentieth-century texts, including novels, poetry, fine art, and film, in which clothing and gender are closely linked. You will develop your analytical skills, and be encouraged to think critically and comparatively about texts and images. The course will further your academic skills, and sharpen your theoretical awareness.