English and drama

Critical Approaches 2

Module code: Q3123
Level 4
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture, Film
Assessment modes: Coursework

Critical Approaches 2 builds on the large and difficult questions of interpretation introduced in Critical Approaches 1. It encourages you to think in new, more interrogative ways about the work you do for your English degree at Sussex. 



In the spring, you study three themes:

  • theories of subjectivity, identity and desire
  • postcolonial studies
  • the contemporary moment.

Throughout the module, you read critical and theoretical essays and literary works that contribute to your understanding of these themes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand central issues in modern literary theory and criticism and put them into a wider theoretical and historical context.
  • Close read and analyse critical essays and arguments.
  • Understand the ways in which different theoretical perspectives can contribute to a reader's interpretation of fiction, poetry, plays, and culture.
  • Research, design and write a well-structured essay and learn how to lead an interactive seminar.