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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week |
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|Prerequisites:||Usually admission to the postgraduate certificate, diploma or fourth year honours in English.|
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This subject examines the uses and abuses of literary pleasure, considering it as a category of analysis that develops historically from the eighteenth century with the emergence of literature as an institution and disciplinary formation. Through a series of literary, theoretical and critical readings, students analyse the singularity of literary pleasure, whilst engaging it in its institutional, economic, social, affective and corporeal locations. The subject introduces students to current debates in literary aesthetics that engage the fraught relations between pleasure and value. Students trace these debates historically, moving from Edmund Burke's vocabulary of aesthetic affects, Kant's 'castrated hedonism', and eighteenth-century writings on the dangerous pleasures of novel-reading, through nineteenth-century art-for-art's-sake theories, utilitarianism and late Victorian 'New Hedonism', to Marxist and social practice accounts of literary value, and contemporary queer theory. Many influential theories have been notoriously unable to account for the specific forms and values of literary pleasure: asking why is a key focus of the subject. Students consider literary pleasure through three main modalities: affect; utility and uselessness; taste and consumption. Topics include literary dandyism and relations between writing, leisure and work; aesthetic, culinary and sexual taste regimes; reproduction and anti-reproduction models of literary pleasure.
|Assessment:||Written work of 5000 words in the form of one research essay, 100% (due at the end of semester). A hurdle requirement of attendance at a minimum of nine tutorials will operate in order to pass the subject.|
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English Language) |
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)
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