LIT111 Texts and Meanings (8)

An introduction to key concepts of contemporary critical debate (e.g. the gendering of reading positions; postcolonial reading strategies, the reading of poetry) through structural and stylistic study of selected 'popular classics'.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed LIT105

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • become equipped to approach new texts and research topics with an increased understanding of historical context; contemporary critical debate, structural and stylistic analysis and research techniques.


This subject will cover the following topics:

A section (3 weeks) on the construction of gendered reading positions in versions of folk tales; Jane Eyre; and Treasure Island. .the construction of a poetic 'voice' in C19th England with special reference to the question of gender. This section comprises 3 classes, each of which examines a male and a female poet: William Wordsworth and Emily Brontė; Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Christina Rossetti; Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. .the issue of how literary genres arise and operate. A special study is made of the horror and detection genre with reference to the tales of Poe and Conan Doyle; Dracula; and the contemporary American author Sara Paretsky. .a section which takes up the question of empire implicit in two texts from the first section (Jane Eyre and Treasure Island) and addresses the issue of postcolonial reading perspectives. The Tempest is studied within this context followed by the novel Wide Sargasso Sea which can be read as a postcolonial reinterpretation of Jane Eyre.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.