Approaches to Literary History (ENGL6100)


This is a core unit for the Master of English Studies. How do literary texts relate to history? When we divide time into different periods ("Renaissance" "Romantic" "Modernist" etc.), what are the implications for interpretation? Focusing on one or two literary periods, this core unit for the Master of English Studies introduces students to historicist literary criticism, developing skills in relating literature to historical context. We read key texts from the designated period(s), conduct research into appropriate archives (including online databases), and identify the theoretical questions that underpin those investigations.

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1x2hr seminar/week


1x1500wd critical assessment (20%), 1x2000wd archival report (30%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%)

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