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LN907 Critical Theory in Modern Languages

Convenor and contact: F dot Camilletti at warwick dot ac dot uk

Module description and aims

This is a compulsory core module for all students taking an MA for Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures; it is taught by a team of colleagues from across the School. The module aims to provide a theoretical and methodological framework for the detailed study of texts undertaken in the optional modules on those MA programmes. Topics and texts have been chosen that can productively be engaged with by a single group of students drawn from all four languages and departments. The module aims to acquaint students with established positions and evolving trends in critical theory and to familiarize them with relevant vocabulary for advanced literary and cultural analysis in the Modern Languages. The module also aims to assist students in evaluating crtically complex issues of cultural and literary production, interpretation, and meaning-construction, and to offer the opportunity to apply theoretical approaches to a text, or question, pertinent to the student's own individual research interests.

Teaching and learning

This module is taught by a series of weekly two-hour seminars throughout Term 1 (except Reading Week 6). These take place on Tuesdays. You will be expected to have read and thought about the required core reading listed for each week on these webpages (see tabs above and links under 'Teaching schedule', below) before the relevant seminar in order to be able to contribute to the discussion. Some seminar tutors may also set questions to prepare for group discussion in the seminar and you may also be expected to give individual or group presentations in the seminars (again, please consult the relevant page for the week in question for further information). If you are unable to attend a seminar for any reason please email both the seminar tutor(s) for that week and the module convenor, Fabio Camilletti, in advance. If you have any questions about the module in general or about specific aspects of the programme or the teaching or assessment arrangements, please also contact the module convenor at that address.


This module is assessed by one 5,000-word essay. The deadline for this essay, which must be submitted electronically via Tabula, is mid-day on Thursday of Week 2 in Term 2 of the academic year of study. If you think you may require an extension you must speak to the module convenor before the deadline. Some but not all seminar tutors will set essay questions related to their week of study, one of which you may simply select. Alternatively, you may want to write an essay which relates closely both to one of the topics covered on this module and to your own wider research interests. All seminar tutors will be available to help you formulate an appropriate essay question, as well as to offer guidance on further reading. You should arrange with the tutor concerned to see them at a mutually convenient time, which may be during their normal 'office hours'. You may also ask the module convenor for advice on approaching assessed work. All students are required to notify the proposed essay title and tutor to the PG Secretary Caroline Parker by midday on Friday of Week 10 in Term 1; this is to let us know what essay title you have chosen or devised and to allow the module convenor to amend your title if necessary and allocate markers.

Teaching schedule for academic year 2017-18

Week 1 Introduction

Week 2 Psychoanalysis (Fabio Camilletti)

Week 3 Marxism (Mila Milani)

Week 4 Feminist, Gender and Queer Theory (Alberica Bazzoni) in H4.50 @ 3-5pm

Week 5 Narratology and Theories of Reading (Iwona Janicka) in H4.50 @ 3-5pm

Week 6 Reading week - no seminar

Week 7 Post-Structuralism and Authorship (Alessandra Aloisi) in H4.50 from 3-5pm

Week 8 Cultural Memory (Linda Shortt) in H2.18 @12-2pm

Week 9 Postcolonialism and Decoloniality (Gianmarco Mancosu) in H4.50 @ 2.45-4.45pm

Week 10 Cosmopolitanism (Leticia Villamediana Gonzalez) in H4.50 @ 2.45 - 4.45pm