Module Identifier FRM0430  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Heather Williams  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours  
Assessment Continuous assessment   Essay of 2500 words and commentary of 1500 words on a set text   40%  
  Exam   3 Hours   60%  

Brief description

This module studies key movements in literary theory in the 20th Century, with special attention to France. Analysis of selected passages will provide students with a solid theoretical basis to inform their own projects and methodologies.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:

Those students who wish to go on with their studies should be able to demonstrate that they have a solid foundation for postgraduate research

The learning outcomes above will be explicitly tested by the independent research, undertaken on the student' own personal initiative, and production of the essay. Both forms of assessment specifically consolidate developments and debates covered in the course. The 3-hour examination will be designed to test further the students' acquisition of the outcomes described.

Further Notes

Lecture/Seminar list:

week 1: Approaches to texts: an introduction
week 2: From 'l'homme et l'oeuvre' to textuality
week 3: 'L'homme et l'oeuvre': Freud and the beginnings of psychoanalytical literary theory
week 4: 'The death of the author': Barthes and Mallarmé
week 5: Textuality: the notion of literature and the beginning of structuralism
week 6: Textuality: Derrida and close reading
week 7: Case-study: a century of Mallarmé criticism
week 8: Post-colonial theory
week 9: Case-study: 'Orientalism' and the Celtic regions
week 10: Applying theory
week 11: Student presentations and Conclusions (two sessions)

Reading Lists

Culler, Jonathan. (1985) Saussure. Fontana Modern Masters
Eagleton, Terry. (1983) Literary Theory: An introduction. Blackwell
Jefferson, Ann, and David Robey. (1982) Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction.
Lodge, David (ed). (1988) Modern Criticism and Theory: A reader. Longman
Sturrock, John (ed). (1979) Structuralism and Since: From Lévi Strauss to Derrida. Oxford University Press
Walder, Dennis (ed). (1990) Literature in the Modern World. Oxford University Press, in association with the Open University
Barthes, Roland. (1978) Leçon. Seuil
Barthes, Roland. (1953/1972) Le Degré zero de l'écriture. Seuil
Barthes, Roland. (1984) 'La mort de l'auteur' and 'De l'oeuvre au texte' in Le Bruissement de la langue: Essais critiques IV. Seuil
Derrida, Jacques. (1967) 'Ce dangereaux supplément' in De la grammataologie.
Derrida, Jacques. (1967) 'La Structure, le signe et le jeu dans le discours des sciences humaines' in L'Écriture et la difference. Seuil
Derrida, Jacques. (1972) Marges de la philosophie. Minuit
Derrida, Jacques. (1972) 'La Double Séance' in La Dissémination. Seuil
Culler, Jonathan. (1983) On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism. Routledge
Howells, Christina. (1999) Derrida: Deconstruction from Phenomenology to Ethics. Polity
Norris, Christopher. (1987) Derrida. Fontana Modern Masters
Bowie, Malcolm. (1991) Lacan. Fontana Modern Masters
Ellman, Maude (ed). (1994) Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. Longman
Freud, Sigmund. Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, vol. 1. The Penguin Freud Library
Freud, Sigmund. Art and Literature, vol. 1. The Penguin Freud Library
Lacan, Jacques. 'The insistence of the letter in the unconscious' in Lodge, Modern Criticism and Theory.
Laplanche and Pontalis. (1988) The Language of Psychoanalysis. Karnac Books
Wright, Elizabeth. (1993) Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice. Routledge
Wright, Elizabeth. (1999) Speaking Desires can be Dangerous: The Poetics of the Unconscious. Polity
Anderson, Benedict. (1983/1991) Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origins and Spread of Nationalism. Verso
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (eds). (1989) The Empire Writes Back: Theory and practice in post-colonial literatures. Routledge
Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin (eds). (1995) The Post-colonial studies reader. Routledge
Bhabha, Homi K. (ed). (1990) Nation and Narration. Routledge
Bhabha, Homi K.. (1994) The Location of culture. Routledge
Cairns, David and Shaun Richards. (1988) Writing Ireland: Colonialisn, nationalism and culture. Manchester University Press
Hobsbawm, Eric and Terence Ranger (ed). The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge University Press, 1983 (reprinted Canto, 1992
Said, Edward W.. (1978) Orientalism. Penguin
Thomas, M. Wynn. (1999) Corresponding Cultures: The two literatures of Wales. University of Wales Press