ENGL3801 Advanced Literary Theory

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit investigates theories of literature and culture and provides a strong understanding of the approaches to interpretation that currently shape literary and cultural studies. Students study key theorists in action and gain a sense of their historical relationships. Students develop and complete an intensive research project on their chosen theoretical area, and articulate and defend positions in literary and cultural theory. This equips students for further study at honours and postgraduate levels, and the advanced research and communication skills have applicability across a diversity of professional careers.
Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental critical concepts and debates in contemporary critical theory; (2) learn the historical and social contexts of these concepts and debates; (3) take informed and critical positions within these debates and situate these positions within the critical tradition; (4) develop a particular area of expertise in two key areas of critical theory; (5) apply theoretical strategies and insights into the interpretation of cultural texts; (6) research confidently in the fields of literary, critical and cultural theory; (7) express original arguments, together with research methodologies, approaches and findings, coherently and logically in oral and written formats; (8) undertake and present research in groups efficiently and creatively, and offer and respond to feedback appropriately; (9) locate, assess and engage critically with research findings, both individually and in groups; (10) demonstrate an awareness of the importance of informing and challenging one's independent analyses and ideas with discriminating reading of imaginative, critical and theoretical texts; (11) apply, knowingly and appropriately, highly developed skills of textual analysis, critical reasoning, interpretation and research; (12) interpret texts from a range of cultural genres independently, confidently and appropriately through developed modes of close reading and writing that encourage personal and critically informed engagement and expression; and (13) apply developed skills in independent enquiry-based research, leading towards an informed understanding of, and ethical sensitivity towards, our diverse and globalised world in the context of advanced further studies and/or future career path.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial partcipation; (2) interpretation exercise; and (3) research project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Tanya Dalziell
Unit rules
Any Level 2 ENGL unit
ENGL2291 Reading Theory
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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