Concepts in Criticism

Module code: EN2060
Module co-ordinator: Dr Corinne Fowler

In this module you will meet a range of theoretical debates that have influenced the study of English in recent decades, covering issues such as reading and authorship, gender and sexuality, identity and selfhood, class and race, empire, nationalism, and transnationalism. We will identify, compare and evaluate key theoretical concepts and consider their applicability to texts of different genres and historical periods. We will examine in detail three set texts, approaching them from various theoretical perspectives.

Each week, autonomous learning groups (ALGs) will meet in advance of the seminar to discuss ideas and issues arising from the reading. A formal group work report must be submitted on a weekly basis. 

Topics covered


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 170 hours of guided independent study


  • Group work (10%)
  • Essay, 1,500 words (30%)
  • Essay, 2,500 words (60%)

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