LIT304_GENDER : Gender and Sexuality

Convenor(s): Richard Canning


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

The aim of this module is to introduce you to a wide range of groundbreaking and contemporary theory in what has arguably become the most dynamic, relevant and compelling areas of literary and cultural studies. Its first half is dedicated to key examples of gender-related theorization, drawing on the acclaimed and influential critics Freud, Lacan, Foucault and Barthes. These authors are considered not by way of summative digests of their thoughts, which have, over the decades, risked simplifying and misrepresenting the radicalism of their ideas, but through their own prose. (continued)


Teaching consists of a weekly tutorial, i.e. a general overview by lecture, and a subsequent seminar, led by a student presentation upon a particular aspect, area or reading of the text, followed by group discussion and close reading.


Assessment: two essays of 2500 words (50%, 50%). These will show your understanding of the set texts by way of applying selected aspects of them to your readings of texts of all kinds, of your own choosing (including works of prose, poetry, drama, film and more).

Contact Details

R Canning 0114 2228460

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