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Honours Core Course

ELL4061F Theory in Practice

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 8


Prof. S. Young and Dr K. Highman

Course entry requirements

Acceptance for the English honours programme.

Course outline

As one of just two core courses in the Honours programme, Theory in Practice will introduce students to key topics in contemporary literary theory through the in-depth analysis of a range of essays by a selection of some of the most significant figures in the field. The course is based in the tension between what it means to read contemporary theory and what it means to regard contemporary theory as read.

Term 1: Theories of Archive and Memory (Dr. Kate Highman)

The second part of the course will focus on theories of archive, history and memory. We will consider how variegated these multiple ways of remembering are, and how they may impact and form and inform our own research. We will engage a range of material and theorists across different contexts and landscapes.

Term 2: Representation and the Ethical Relation between Self and Other (Prof Sandra Young)

In the first part of the course we will focus our attention on theorists who have developed an understanding about the potential violence of the relation between self and other and who have reflected on the ways in which language and representation are implicated in this violence. We aim to follow their incisive attention to language and positionality in the scene of address and to the visual language of photography in order to consider how their arguments might impact on our scholarly practice.

DP requirements

Submission of all written work and at least 75% of seminar attendance.