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EN126 History and Textuality

Convenors: Stuart Middleton and Alice Kelly

Office hours 2022-23:

Lectures: Tuesday, 10-11am (S0.09)

Seminars: Tuesday, 3-4pm or 4-5pm (FAB 3.33)


Paul Klee, Angelus Novus (1920). See Unit 5, week 21.

History and Textuality explores how history and literary studies operate as distinct fields of intellectual inquiry. It examines some of the chief methods that historians and literary scholars use; the kinds of knowledge or understanding they produce; and particularly the ways in which that knowledge or understanding is shaped by its textuality.

REQUIRED TEXTS - to be purchased if possible:
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Penguin Classics. 2003.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus – The 1818 Text. Penguin Classics. 2018.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic. Jonathan Cape. 2006.
Sebald, W.G. The Rings of Saturn. Vintage Classics. 2013.

Please make sure to purchase the edition specified above to ensure that we can all refer to the same page numbers. (In particular, note that we shall be reading the original, 1818 text of Frankenstein in the most recent Penguin Classics edition.)