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Critical Theory Pathway

This pathway enables students with interests in Critical Theory to pursue the study of a number of paradigms and currents within the heterogeneous field of contemporary literary and cultural theories as well as a variety of forms of philosophical reflection on literature.

Structure of the Degree

There are three options open to students who choose this pathway:

1) Foundation module, plus at least two modules from the Core Modules listed below, and up to two other modules from the range of other modules that the Department offers.

2) Foundation module, plus two modules from the Core Modules listed below, and a Dissertation on an approved topic in the field.

3) Foundation module, pls at least two modules from the Core Modules listed below, plus up to one module from the range of other modules that the Department offers, plus a Dissertation on an approved topic in the field.

Critical Theory: Optional Core Modules

Freud's Metapsychology

Modernism and Psychoanalysis

Feminist Literary Theory 

Postcolonial Theory 

EN9A7 Drama and Performance Theory

EN942 World Literature and World Systems

EN943 - Critical Theory and Media Studies: The Frankfurt School and Others

PH967 Benjamin, Brecht, Lukas, Adorno: The Search for Revolutionary Aesthetics

other options (indicative)

EN927 Condition of England: Perceptions in Victorian Literature

EN9B1 - Narratives of American Empire
EN905 - Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature
EN914 - Freud's Metapsychology and its Problems: Texts and Sub-texts (Core)
EN920 - Shakespeare in Performance
EN945 - Introduction to Pan Romanticisms
EN951 - Crossing Borders
EN954 - Romantic Elegy
EN964 - Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
EN970 - Psychoanalysis and Creativity
EN996 - Seven Basic Plots
EN9A3 - The Caribbean: Reading the World-Ecology
EN9A7 - Drama and Performance Theory (Core)
EN9B1 - Narratives of American Empire
IL903 - Practices of Translation: Or How to Do Things with Shakespeare

For a list of all the modules that the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies offers, click here.