Advanced Critical Reading - EN897

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module is designed to extend and develop skill, enjoyment and confidence in reading critical, literary and theoretical texts. We reflect on the pleasures and challenges of the reading process, moving slowly through a single major text. We will pause over exciting, complex or important passages, taking time to follow up references and footnotes, identify important themes and ideas, consult works of art and writings that share those themes, explore how the texts touch us and how they think. The module is designed to help you come away with an in-depth knowledge of the main text and of texts and ideas surrounding it, as well as gaining deeper understanding of how you read.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 280
Total Study Hours: 300


Available in Autumn term 2019/20

Method of assessment

Assignment (5,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually

Cixous, H. (2010) Philippines. Cambridge, Polity Press.
Derrida, J. (2003) Telepathy. Psyche: Inventions of the Other II. Stanford California, Stanford University Press.
Du Maurier, G. (1891) Peter Ibbetson (any edition).
Freud, S. (1932) Dreams and Occultism. Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works XXI. London, Hogarth Press and the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate competent, discriminating and confident reading critical and theoretical texts at an advanced level;

2 Demonstrate a precise sense of problems of reading and interpretation that arise out of in-depth study of critical and theoretical texts;

3 Demonstrate strong awareness of how critical and theoretical texts relate to one another and to literary texts.

4 Demonstrate the ability to work on complex material in considerable depth, drawing on the full range of the student's powers of understanding: critical, analytical, intuitive and creative;

5 Demonstrate a capacity for self-directed research and the development of independent critical judgement and imagination;

6 Demonstrate the ability to recognise and construct original, innovative and complex arguments.

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