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This module is designed to guide students through some fundamental questions in literary theory, and introduce them to the writing of some canonical literary theorists. Week by week, in a series of two-hour seminars, students will be introduced to a question or problem in literary interpretation, such as the role of the unconscious in writing, or the ideas of ethnicity and nation and their influence on literature and culture. By reading a selection of texts from the Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and the Global Literary Theory Anthology each week, students will develop an understanding of these fundamental questions, and be able to discuss related issues in seminars, whether guided by topics set by a teacher, or in open conversation. Students will be introduced to the terminology of the various different theoretical positions studied; gaining familiarity with feminist, psychoanalytical, Marxist, post-colonial and post- structuralist concepts and terms, amongst others.