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Literature and the History of Ideas (TRU1113)

30 credits

This module introduces you to some of the most influential and powerful concepts relevant to the study of literature, and analyses them as they are found, represented and interrogated in a variety of literary texts. Engaging ideas from a range of domains (including aesthetics, philosophy and politics), the module covers a long historical sweep, from classical origins to some of the key positions of modern critical theory. Over the course of 11 seminars you will gain an insight into how literature can be juxtaposed with intellectual currents of its own period, as well as appreciate how traditions of thought can exist across time.