Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies is a two-semester course: Part I of the course took place in the winter semester and covered seminal theoretical approaches to the study of literature and culture. In the summer semester, Part II of the course will focus on the practice of reading and interpreting literature. It will in more detail explain the ways in which theoretical, methodological, and historical considerations can be usefully applied to reading literature and other media like film. Using examples from a variety of primary texts, it introduces analytical tools and interpretive approaches such as genre theory, narratology, and film analysis. Reading American, British, and postcolonial texts and building on the knowledge acquired in the winter term, students learn how to combine specific critical and theoretical perspectives with detailed exploration of three set texts.
Please get a copy of the following texts and read them before the beginning of the term:
- William Shakespeare. Hamlet. Eds. Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2006. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series.
- William Shakespeare. Hamlet: Revised Edition. Eds. Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor. London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016. The Arden Shakespeare Third Series.
- Walt Whitman. Leaves of Grass and Other Writings. Ed. Michael Moon. New York: W.W. Norton 2002.
- Tsitsi Dangarembga. Nervous Conditions. Banbury: Ayebia Clarke Publishing, Ltd., 2004.
Students must have read all three texts by the beginning of the summer semester. It is essential that students obtain a copy of Hamlet published in the Arden Shakespeare series, and a 'Norton Critical Edition' of Leaves of Grass.