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  1. Core Texts 9 items
    1. The Norton anthology of English literature - Stephen Greenblatt c2012

      Book Essential There are various stories/poems and one full novel we'll read from this text. If issues of economy dominate, the novel, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, can be read in another edition and photocopies can be made of library copies. However, it is essential you have sight of all texts in the yellow weekly reading folders, and some of these are collected in this anthology.

    2. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

      Book Essential Please be sure to use the latest, fifth edition of this work.

    3. Orlando: a biography - Virginia Woolf 2015

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    4. Beloved - Toni Morrison 2007

      Book Essential Please ensure you read this edition.

    5. The garden party and other stories - Katherine Mansfield, Lorna Sage 2007

      Book Essential The title story also appears in the 9th edition of the Norton Anthology.

    6. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 1899

      Book Essential Please read either the text of this novel in the ninth edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (if you have this) or the latest Penguin Classics edition, edited by Owen Knowles (London: Penguin, 2007).

    7. The snows of Kilimanjaro, and other stories - Ernest Hemingway 1977

      Book  The Big Two-Hearted River, parts 1 and 2 - digitised copy available in the reading list link of the Seminar Seven folder on my Blackboard page.

    8. Oedipus the King (aka Oedipus Rex) - Sophocles

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    9. The Dead - James Joyce 1914

      Chapter Essential This short story is in the ninth edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. You can also find it in Joyce's 1914 collection Dubliners or online (with a Google search).

  2. Seminar One: Openings 4 items
    1. Required Reading 1 item
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read 'The Beginning', the opening chapter of Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle’s An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, 5th edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016), and consider the key ideas raised in relation to the novel extracts provided on Blackboard. These extracts are within the yellow Seminar 1 folder on my Blackboard page but outside this Reading List software page.

    2. Questions to Consider 1 item
      1. In what ways do the passages provided challenge your preconceptions about fiction?

         

        What ideas do they raise about the problems of beginning at the beginning?

    3. Suggested Supplementary Reading 2 items
      1. Openings: narrative beginnings from the epic to the novel - A. D. Nuttall 1992

        Book Recommended

      2. Beginnings: intention and method - Edward W. Said 1997

        Book Recommended

  3. Seminar Two: Narrative 16 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. Orlando: a biography - Virginia Woolf 2015

        Book Essential This edition, please

      2. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the chapters on ‘Readers and Reading’, ‘The Author’, and ‘Narrative’, along with the essays provided on Blackboard (Jonathan Culler’s ‘Narrative’ and Roland Barthes’ ‘The Death of the Author’: these are within the yellow Seminar 2 folder on my Blackboard page but outside this Reading List software page) and apply some of the key ideas in this reading to Virginia Woolf's Orlando

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 14 items
      1. Narratology: introduction to the theory of narrative - Mieke Bal, Christine van Boheemen 2009

        Book Recommended

      2. The author - Andrew Bennett 2005

        Book Recommended

      3. Readers and reading - Andrew Bennett 1995

        Book Recommended

      4. The rhetoric of fiction - Wayne C. Booth 1983

        Book Recommended

      5. Reading for the plot: design and intention in narrative - Peter Brooks 1992

        Book Recommended

      6. An introduction to narratology - Monika Fludernik 2009

        Book Recommended

      7. Chapter: What is an Author? - Michel Foucault

        Chapter Recommended

      8. Narrative discourse: an essay in method - Gérard Genette, Jane E. Lewin, Jonathan Culler 1983

        Book Recommended

      9. Recent theories of narrative - Wallace Martin 1986

        Book Recommended

      10. Chapter: Narrative - J. Hillis Miller

        Chapter Recommended

      11. Authors - Karl Miller 1989

        Book Recommended

      12. Chapter: Author - Donald E. Pease

        Chapter Recommended

      13. Narrative fiction: contemporary poetics - Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan 2002

        Book Recommended

      14. Chapter: The Intentional Fallacy - W. K. Wimsatt Jr, Monroe C. Beardsley

        Chapter Recommended

  4. Seminar Three: Voice and Character 9 items
    1. Required Reading 1 item
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the chapters on ‘Voice’ and 'Character' and prepare to discuss these in relation to Woolf's Orlando.

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 8 items
      1. Voice - David Appelbaum c1990

        Book Recommended

      2. The dialogic imagination: four essays - M. M. Bakhtin, Michael Holquist, Caryl Emerson 1981

        Book Recommended

      3. The Analysis of Character - Harold Bloom

        Chapter Recommended

      4. The printed voice of Victorian poetry - Eric Griffiths 1989

        Book Recommended

      5. Chapter: Words and Wounds - Geoffrey H. Hartman

        Chapter Recommended

      6. Chapter 5: Character - Uri Margolin

        Chapter Recommended

      7. Chapter: Character - J. Hillis Miller

        Chapter Recommended

      8. Literary voice: the calling of Jonah - Donald Wesling, Tadeusz Sławek c1995

        Book Recommended

  5. Seminar Four: Subjectivity 8 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Please read the chapter headed 'Me' in Bennett and Royle and consider ways in which the ideas they explore apply to the representations of subjectivity and consciousness in Toni Morrison's Beloved.

      2. Beloved - Toni Morrison 2007

        Book Essential Please ensure you use this edition...

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 6 items
      1. Historical and expository works on psychoanalysis: history of the psychoanalytic movement, an autobiographical study, outline of pyschoanalysis and other works - Sigmund Freud 1986

        Book Recommended ‘Psychoanalysis’ (1923) and ‘The Resistances to Psychoanalysis’

      2. Subjectivity and literature from the romantics to the present day - Philip Shaw, Peter Stockwell 1991

        Book Recommended

      3. Sources of the self: the making of the modern identity - Charles Taylor 1989

        Book Recommended

      4. Introspection and contemporary poetry - Alan Williamson 1984

        Book Recommended

  6. Seminar Five: Gender 11 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Consider the Bennett and Royle chapter on ‘Sexual Difference’ and the chapter from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing to which there is a link below. Be prepared to discuss these concepts in relation to Toni Morrison's Beloved.

      2. Chapter 3 - John Berger

        Chapter Essential Click on the blue Online Resource icon to view Chapter 3 of Berger's book. Use the Download or Full Screen functions as required.

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 9 items
      1. The second sex - Simone de Beauvoir 1993

        Book Recommended

      2. Feminist literary criticism - Mary Eagleton 1991

        Book Recommended

      3. Feminist literary theory: a reader - Mary Eagleton 2010

        Book Recommended

      4. The madwoman in the attic: the woman writer and the nineteenth-century literary imagination - Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar 2000

        Book Recommended

      5. Reading woman: essays in feminist criticism - Mary Jacobus 1986

        Book Recommended

      6. Sexual/textual politics: feminist literary theory - Toril Moi 1988

        Book Recommended

      7. The New feminist criticism: essays on women, literature, and theory - Elaine Showalter 1986

        Book Recommended

      8. Speaking of gender - Elaine Showalter 1989

        Book Recommended

  7. Seminar Six: Desire 7 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the Bennett and Royle chapter on 'Desire' and consider these concepts in relation to Katherine Mansfield's story 'The Garden Party'. Previous reading (Beloved, Orlando) may also inform discussion.

      2. The garden party and other stories - Katherine Mansfield, Lorna Sage 2007

        Book Essential This story can be found in this collection, in other collections in the library or online. It is also in the ninth edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 5 items
      1. Desire: love stories in Western culture - Catherine Belsey 1994

        Book Recommended

      2. Reading for the plot: design and intention in narrative - Peter Brooks 1992

        Book Recommended

      3. Chapter: Desire - Judith Butler

        Chapter Recommended

      4. The history of sexuality: Vol.1: An introduction - Michel Foucault 1984

        Book Recommended

  8. Seminar Seven: Eco (Earth, Place and the Climate Crisis) 6 items
    1. Required Reading 3 items
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read Chapter 18, 'Eco', and the introduction from The Ecocritcism Reader on Blackboard and be ready to discuss in relation to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Ernest Hemingway's 'Big Two-Hearted River'

      2. Defining Ecocriticism

        Document Essential Please pay particular attention to Glotfelty's entry into this discussion. Her list of questions will be useful for looking at this week's text(s).

    2. Supplementary Reading 3 items
      1. The ecocriticism reader: landmarks in literary ecology - Cheryll Glotfelty, Harold Fromm, Ursula LeGuin 1996

        Book Recommended Read Introduction and Ursula Le Guin's 'The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction', in particular

      2. The Oxford handbook of ecocriticism - Richard Kerridge 2014

        Chapter Further Richard Kerridge's chapter on Genre is particularly useful.

      3. Postcolonial ecocriticism: literature, animals, environment - Graham Huggan, Helen Tiffin 2010

        Book Further

  9. Seminar Eight: Race and National Identity 15 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the chapters on ‘Racial Difference’ and ‘The Colony’, then the introduction to the ‘Nation, Race, and Language’ section in the ninth edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and be prepared to discuss them in relation to Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and the material by Kamau Brathwaite (pp. 2729-33) and Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong’o (pp. 2737-41) in the Norton Anthology as well as the digitised extract from George Orwell's 'The Lion and the Unicorn.'

      2. The lion and the unicorn: socialism and the English genius - George Orwell 1941

        Book Essential Read section 1, part 3.

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 13 items
      1. A critique of postcolonial reason: toward a history of the vanishing present - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak 1999

        Book Further 2nd Section 'Literature' difficult reading, but fascinating.

      2. Chapter: Race - Kwame Anthony Appiah

        Chapter Recommended

      3. The location of culture - Homi K. Bhabha 2004

        Book Recommended

      4. Nation and narration - Homi K. Bhabha 1990

        Book Recommended

      5. Chapter: Imperialism/Nationalism - Seamus Deane

        Chapter Recommended

      6. The wretched of the earth - Frantz Fanon, Constance Farrington 2001

        Book Recommended

      7. Black literature and literary theory - Henry Louis Gates 1984

        Book Recommended

      8. New world encounters - Stephen Greenblatt c1993

        Book Recommended

      9. Playing in the dark: whiteness and the literary imagination - Toni Morrison 1993

        Book Recommended

      10. Orientalism - Edward W. Said 2003

        Book Recommended

      11. Culture and imperialism - Edward W. Said 1994

        Book Recommended

      12. Colonial discourse and post-colonial theory: a reader - Patrick Williams, Laura Chrisman c1994

        Book Recommended

  10. Seminar Nine: The Uncanny 10 items
    1. Required Reading 1 item
      1. An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the Bennett and Royle chapters on ‘The Uncanny’ and ‘The Tragic’, plus, on Blackboard, Sigmund Freud’s essay ‘The Uncanny’ and an extract from his Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis (these pieces are within the yellow Seminar 9 folder on my Blackboard page but outside this Reading List software page). Our textual focus will be Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (i.e. Oedipus the King), in The Three Theban Plays. You are not required to read the other plays in the trilogy, but please read the introduction to Oedipus Rex by Bernard Knox (pp. 131-53). We will also look at the first act of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot (in the ninth edition of the Norton Anthology).

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 9 items
      1. Chapter: The Uncanny - Terry Apter

        Chapter Recommended

      2. The female thermometer: eighteenth-century culture and the invention of the uncanny - Terry Castle 1995

        Book Recommended

      3. Psychoanalytic literary criticism - Maud Ellmann 1994

        Book Recommended

      4. Chapter: Freud and the Sandman - Neil Hertz

        Chapter Recommended

      5. Chapter: Psychology and Literature - C. G. Jung

        Chapter Recommended

      6. Chapter: Wuthering Heights: Repetition and the Uncanny - J. Hillis Miller

        Chapter Recommended

      7. Modern criticism and theory: a reader - David Lodge, Nigel Wood 2008

        Book Recommended See any of the five essays on psychoanalysis.

  11. Seminar Ten: Closures 10 items
    1. Required Reading 2 items
      1. An introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory - Andrew Bennett, Nicholas Royle 2016

        Book Essential Read the final chapter, 'The End', and examine the final lines of the other texts we’ve studied on the course. You don’t have to bring these books to the seminar.

      2. The Dead - James Joyce

        Chapter Essential Please read James Joyce's short story 'The Dead' (in The Norton Anthology of English Literature, or in any edition of Joyce's Dubliners (1914), or search for a copy of the text online), along with Bennett and Royle’s observations on this story (use their index). Pay particular attention to the final paragraphs of the story. Terence Brown's helpful notes to 'The Dead' in the Penguin edition of Dubliners can be found in the yellow Seminar 10 folder.

    2. Suggested Supplementary Reading 3 items
      1. Narrative and its discontents: problems of closure in the traditional novel - D. A. Miller c1981

        Book Recommended

      2. Poetic closure: a study of how poems end - Barbara Herrnstein Smith 1968

        Book Recommended

    3. Christmas Vacation Reading 5 items
      1. Although the teaching for this course ends before Christmas, you are strongly encouraged to read (during the vacation) any Bennett and Royle chapters unread to date and to consider ways in which the issues addressed in these chapters relate to the various literary texts studied on this course unit. This further reading will greatly help you to widen and deepen your critical thinking and set you in good stead for the literary studies yet to come. 

      2. Literary theory: a very short introduction - Jonathan D. Culler 2011

        Book Recommended This is a rather more abstract work than the Bennett and Royle guide, in that it talks about literature and ‘the literary’ in general but rarely cites specific textual examples. It offers a valuable way of reconsidering, and thinking further about, the various issues raised in the unit as a whole and helpfully considers the relationship between ‘theory’ and more traditional literary critical studies.

      3. For other (potentially refreshing and certainly provoking) perspectives on literary theory, see the following two texts: 

      4. After theory - Terry Eagleton 2003

        Book Further

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