ENG4121 - Literary Theory and Criticism

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to equip students to work in cultural industries with higher level of tools and methods of literary critical analysis. This module will kick off with a brief introduction to classic problems of genre (e.g. Plato on the role of the poet) and prepare students with necessary knowledge of the critical tradition and history of aesthetics before moving on into the discussion of contemporary literary theories. This module will explore the major principles of contemporary literary theory and criticism and will guide students to consider established methods and materials of literary research. Accordingly students should not consider this module simply as an intensive study of a range of contemporary critical theories but rather an opportunity to reflect on the connections and disjunctions between these critical theories and the practice of literary critical activity. The ultimate objective of this module is to arrive at a transferability of skills between literature and theory.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical concepts underlying contemporary critical approaches to literature and the ability to identify the difference between them;

  2. acquire the knowledge of the key forms and terminologies of contemporary critical theories and demonstrate a capacity to critically appreciate the writings of literary scholars and critics with informed understanding;

  3. demonstrate an ability to generate and articulate personal responses, to critique and to apply critical theory to texts;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate an analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.