Course Descriptions

ENGE5710 Critical Approaches in Literary Studies

 

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The course aims at providing the students with an orientation of critical and interpretive approaches required of graduate studies in literature in a cross-cultural context. Various literary and critical paradigms from Western and Chinese traditions will be reviewed with a discussion of the basic issues in interpretation theory and criticism. The course will also focus on the implications of recent orientations in social sciences and philosophy for literary studies. Students will be required to identify their own research interests and pursue textbased case studies on problems or topics in criticism and interpretive theory that are involved in the interdisciplinary studies of literature.

 

ENGE5720 Comparative Approaches in Literary Studies

 

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The course serves as an introduction to the advanced study of literature from comparative perspectives. With a view to enhancing their ability in identifying problems and topics for research, students will be familiarized, through team-work instruction, with the basic techniques and methods of bibliographical research and textual criticism. This will involve the use of specific primary texts. Emphasis will be put on giving the students an overview of historical as well as current research in the field. The concept of comparative literature will be investigated along with the various cultural as well as literary issues particularly involved in the studies of literature in the Chinese-Western context. Traditional areas of research, such as influence and reception, themes and motifs, genres and forms, and interrelations of literature and art, will be reviewed in the light of recent literary and cultural theories. In this course students will have to read major literary and critical texts with regard to the various perspectives on comparative literature.

 

ENGE5750 Special Topics in Genre Studies

 

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Specific area(s) of investigation will be defined every year to cover one or more of the following aspects in the critical and comparative studies of literary genre: poetics, prosaics; dramatic theories; narrative theories; questions of form and structure; issues in theme and style; concepts of character and hero; problems of generic convention and institution; as well as other topics related to the study of particular genres or subgenres of poetry, drama and fiction. Emphasis will be put on the dialectic between theory and practice. Textual analysis will be treated in relation to the critical investigation of possible cultural and historical contexts.

 

Subject to the approval of the Division Head, students are allowed to take the above course more than once and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

 

ENGE5850 Special Topics in Literary History

 

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Specific area(s) of investigation will be defined every year to cover one or more of the following aspects in the critical and comparative studies of literary history: influence and reception; period and movement; literary ideas and intellectual history; historicism; neohistoricism; classicism; neo-classicism; romanticism; symbolism; realism; modernism; postmodernism; functions and theories of literary history; perspectives of historical criticism; concepts of literary tradition; concepts of literary system; literary history and literary reception; feminist perspectives; materialist perspectives; problems of textuality and intertextuality. The chosen area(s) of investigation will use texts from all three major genresof poetry, drama, and fiction.

 

Subject to the approval of the Division Head, students are allowed to take the above course more than once and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

 

ENGE5950 Special Topics in Critical Studies

 

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This course is designed to investigate areas of specialisation normally not covered under generic studies or literary history. It may involve any one of the following areas in the comparative and interdisciplinary studies of literature: thematology, textual criticism and reader response, aesthetics, Western critical theories and Chinese literary studies, problems in the histories of literary criticism; twentieth-century critical theories; literature and the other arts; literature and sociology; literature and philosophy; literature and history; literature and language; literature and culture.

 

Subject to the approval of the Division Head, students are allowed to take the above course more than once and gain the units each time they pass the course. However, students cannot take courses with the same course code more than once in a single term.

 

ENGE8000 M.Phil. Guided Research

 

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In this course, the supervisor will see the student on a regular basis and advise the student on all matters related to M.Phil. thesis research. Continuing students will be required to register for this course throughout their thesis preparation.