English Literature Modules

The programmes in English Literature include a wide diversity of modules. The foundational module offers a general introduction and the modules at level 2000 focus on reading. Some higher level modules cover historical periods of British literature and others look at American literature and literature from regions like South Asia and Southeast Asia. Others still take a generic or topic approach, with subjects such as film, visual media, critical theory, gender and psychoanalysis.

The range of approaches within modules is also wide. Different modules might emphasise aesthetic, historical, political or theoretical readings. Students are encouraged to check module descriptions on the IVLE or talk to module chairs, if they are uncertain.

Unless otherwise stated, all level 1000–3000 modules carry 4 modular credits (MCs), while all level 4000 modules carry 5 MCs (except EN4401 which carries 15 MCs).

Modules offered in AY2019/2020 Semester 1

Tania ROY

Human beings are ‘tale-telling animals'. We all tell stories, and we all listen to them, read them and watch them. This module looks at the ways in which people tell stories, the kinds of stories they tell, and the meanings those stories generate. It focuses, in particular, upon the telling, and gives special attention to questions concerned with that. Texts include a novel, a play, films, short stories, poems and oral tales.

Pre-requisite: Exempted from NUS Qualifying English Test, or passed NUS Qualifying English Test, or exempted from further CELC Remedial English modules.
Preclusion: GEK1000
Cross-listing: GEK1000

ER Yanbing

This module introduces students to literary representations of gender and sexuality in poetry, fiction, nonfiction prose, and drama, and to theories of gender and sexuality. It considers the influence of gender and sexual identity on literature, and the influence of literature on the construction of gender and sexual identities. Students will be introduced to key terms and concepts relevant to the analysis of literature in its cultural and historical context. Topics to be addressed may include first-, second-, and third-wave feminism, postcolonial feminisms, the history of sexuality, queer and transgender theory, and the intersection of gender, sexuality, and racial identity.

Pre-requisite: EN1101E or GEK1000

Lucas HO

This module seeks to introduce the techniques and genres of contemporary playwriting in order to equip students with the skills and resources needed to write for the stage. Students’ weekly writing exercises will be critiqued by their peers and will culminate in the writing (and rewriting) of their own one-act plays. Students will also analyse one or more contemporary plays each week from a practitioner’s perspective. Techniques discussed will include creating characters, dialogue, and theatrical action. Genres examined will include the historical play, the political play, the farce, the play of ideas, and the comedy of manners.

Pre-requisite: EL1101E or EN1101E or TS1101E or GEK1011 or GEK1000 or GEM1003. This module is selective, and enrolment is by application.

Gilbert YEOH

Drawing from all three genres of fiction, drama and poetry, this module presents a survey of the literature of Britain in the 20th-century. We explore the writing of this century through two of its most important literary paradigms, namely the literary modernism of the early decades and the postmodern era following WWII. Students will encounter a century characterised by extensive aesthetic innovation, active political engagement and the acute registering of social change. Subjects covered include modernism, postmodernism and issues of art, language and representation. Writers we study include T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Harold Pinter, Jeanette Winterson and Virginia Woolf.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

Valerie WEE

This module is an introductory survey of the history of the motion picture from its invention up to the present. We will look at the way that the medium has developed as an art and a business. In addition, we will examine a number of different film movements around the world as well as key filmmakers and genres. Lectures and readings will consider film’s relationship to society as well as to other cultural forms. This course aims to provide students with a critical perspective on the complex forces that have shaped the motion picture’s evolutionary phases.

Pre-requisite:
EN2203 or EN2204

GWEE Li Sui

Using selected Singapore texts from a variety of different genres, this module aims to enable students to explore the historical roots and contemporary relevance of literary production in Singapore. Beginning with colonial writing, the module moves through considerations of national and postcolonial literatures to contemporary concerns. Given Singapore’s history, the notion of a “Singapore” text will be used creatively in order to reflect upon the growth of Singaporean identity and culture, and literary texts from other countries in the region may be used for comparative purposes.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, or GCE ‘A’ Level Literature or equivalent, AND (ii) EN2201 or EN2202 or EN2203 or EN2204 or EN2205 or EN2207

Susan ANG

Tragedy is one of the oldest and most powerful forms of writing in the Western cultural tradition. This module will offer students the opportunity for a historical, analytic and comparative perspective on tragedy as a literary genre through a chronological approach to key texts from the Classical through the Renaissance and Neo-classical periods to the twentieth century.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

Irving GOH

With particular focus on the works of Julian Barnes, JM Coetzee, William Boyd, and Don DeLillo, this module explores how these contemporary novelists get around the problem of the “death of the author,” surpassing even reader-response theory, and transforming narratives into a question of what we will call “reader responsibility.” Through analyses of DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, Barnes’s Sense of an Ending, Coetzee’s Childhood of Jesus, and Boyd’s Any Human Heart, this module examines how these novelists effectively make readers complicit with narrative developments.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

John WHALEN-BRIDGE

This module, which is aimed at upper level English Literature majors and cross-faculty students who have some experience with literary analysis, will focus on American literary orientalism in order to continue to examine questions of race, gender, ethnicity and literary form in the (mainly postwar) American imagination.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: AS4232

David TEH

This module examines the poetics of information in post‐industrial society. At its core lies the oeuvre of Thomas Pynchon, whose novels will be read as a critical meta‐narrative of the informational turn in Western society since the 1960s. Besides obvious technological effects and the accelerated exchange it enables, how has the new, informational paradigm affected our psychology, everyday life and work; our understandings of place and community, of history and culture? Rather than placing Pynchon within a literary canon, seminars will be thematic studies, drawing on a wide range of critical theory, cultural history, and critiques of globalisation and technology.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Anne Thell

This module focuses on the work of one of most celebrated Anglo-Irish writers of the eighteenth century: Jonathan Swift. By tracking Swift’s dazzling literary output from 1690 to 1740, we will bring into better focus both the eighteenth century as a historical period and the ideas of historicity and modernity themselves. We will investigate a variety of literary modes, from satire to pamphlet polemics to the early novel, while we will also learn about the development of our own discipline by tracing Swift criticism from its inception to the present day and by entertaining a variety of critical perspectives.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Chitra SANKARAN

This module will introduce a selection of texts across genres from South Asia along with a complementary set of Critical Readings that students will need to apply to the reading of primary texts. The texts will be approached as reflecting conflicts of neo/colonialisms and the complications of modernities, as grappling with issues of gendered and racialized identities; as explorations of issues relating to the underside of globalisation. Students should gain a fairly in-depth knowledge of leading literary works from South Asia. They will also need to produce a final term paper that will potentially be expandable to an Honours thesis.

Prerequisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: EN3265

John PHILLIPS

As part of the preparation for writing research papers or Honours Theses, this module aims to help students understand the interpretative strategies, modes of argumentation, criteria for evaluating claims, analyses and theories, as well as expectations and conventions governing research in diverse areas of literary studies. The major topics will include research areas and questions; research claims; interpretative methods; evidence and argumentation; critical evaluation of academic argument; and rhetorical conventions and strategies.

Pre-requisite:
For EN and TS students - Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN or 28 MCs in TS, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
For EU students - Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EL, EN or TS modules, or a combination from the three (Literary and/or linguistic modules from other departments may also contribute towards the 28 MCs total at the module chair's discretion), with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion: EL4200

Modular credits: 15      

The Honours Thesis is usually done in the final semester of a student’s pursuing an Honours degree.

Pre-requisite:
Cohort 2012 and before: Completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50.
Cohort 2013-2015: Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50, or with recommendation by the programme committee. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs.
Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed 110 MCs including 44 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50, or with recommendation by the programme committee. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs

Preclusion: EN4660

Note: Please register EN4401 manually with the Department.
Documents containing important information on EN4401 should be downloaded from “Documents and Forms.”

The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Honours Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Prerequisite:
Cohort 2012-2015: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Preclusion: EN4401

Note: Please register EN4660 manually with the Department.
Documents containing important information on EN4660 should be downloaded from “Documents and Forms.”

Gilbert YEOH

This module explores 20th‐century British and American literary production, with a focus on the first half of the century. It will examine the writings of key modernist authors of the early decades (such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf) even as it will also survey other literary and artistic activities in this period. The latter may include the avant‐garde movements (such as Dadaism and Surrealism), the Harlem Renaissance, and cinema. Besides the above writers, others to be studied may include Andre Breton, Samuel Beckett, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Wallace Stevens.

Anne THELL

From early modern England up into the eighteenth century, English literature registers distinctively a deep fascination with worlds both old and new: Egypt, Africa, China, and India are some examples. In reading critically how different authors in this historical timeline represent old and new worlds in their literary production, this module seeks to analyse the formation of cultural perceptions relating to such topics as (i) the emergence of a colonial and imperial consciousness; (ii) the apprehension of cultural difference; (iii) the crystallisation of national identity. It offers opportunity for considering the engagements of literature with certain momentous social, historical, and political realities, such as the slave trade and the activities of the British East India Company.

Tania ROY

The module addresses issues of historical trauma and cultural memory; through a focus on how such memory is manifested in aesthetic (primarily literary) representation. The module assumes a dual approach to the study of selected texts, requiring attention to the topic of violence and memory on the one hand; and the ethics and politics of representation on the other. Literary texts will illuminate problems of narrative agency, responsibility and testimony in the aftermath of a violent past. The conceptual framework of discussions derives from Maurice Blanchot and his influence on post-structuralism, and from contemporary uses of psychoanalysis by literary theorists.

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in English Literature in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Note: (1) Word limit: 5,000 – 6,000 words. (2) Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecturer and the student, subject to Departmental approval.

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in English Literature in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Note: (1) Word limit: 7,000 – 8,000 words. (2) Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecturer and the student, subject to Departmental approval.

John WHALEN-BRIDGE

This is a required module for all research Masters and Ph.D. students admitted from AY2004/05 onwards. The module provides a forum for students and faculty to share their research and to engage one another critically in discussion of their current research projects. The module will include presentations by faculty on research ethics and dissertation writing. Each student is required to present a formal research paper. Active participation in all research presentations is expected. The module may be spread over two semesters and will be graded “Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory” on the basis of student presentation and participation.

Modules offered in AY2019/2020 Semester 2

Gilbert YEOH

Human beings are 'tale-telling animals'. We all tell stories, and we all listen to them, read them and watch them. This module looks at the ways in which people tell stories, the kinds of stories they tell, and the meanings those stories generate. It focuses, in particular, upon the telling, and gives special attention to questions concerned with that. Texts include a novel, a play, films, short stories, poems and oral tales.

Pre-requisite: Exempted from NUS Qualifying English Test, or passed NUS Qualifying English Test, or exempted from further CELC Remedial English modules.
Preclusion: GEK1000
Cross-listing: GEK1000

Gilbert YEOH

The Greek and Roman classics and the Bible are recognised as having exerted profound influence on the development of Western literature, art and culture. Familiarity with the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions helps tremendously in enabling appreciation of this literature, art and culture. This module introduces students to important works from these two traditions such as Homer’s Odyssey, Plato’s Republic, Aristotle’s Poetics, Virgil’s Aeneid and the Bible. Through close readings, students become acquainted with the worldview, ideas and key motifs in these works. Attention will also be on how these texts have influenced the development of the Western literary tradition.

Pre-requisite: EN1101E or GEK1000

Susan ANG

Critical reading is the essential skill of literary studies. It involves close attention to individual words and phrases, to figures of speech, to the structures of sentences and texts, to literary form and genre, and to historical context. It gives attention to the implicit connotations of language, as well as to its explicit denotations. This module sets out to inculcate in students the skills of critical reading and help them pay attention to and evaluate textual detail. It will be organised as a series of seminars in which students develop and practice skills by reading short texts and extracts.

Pre-requisite: (1) EN1101E or GEK1000, and (2) EN majors
Preclusion: EN3274

Valerie WEE

This module introduces the critical terms and methods required for reading and writing about films, performances, advertising, and other related cultural texts. It seeks to develop skills in the close reading of such texts, and in writing considered critical responses to them.

Pre-requisite: Nil
Preclusion: AS2213, EN2111, EN2112, EN2113

John PHILLIPS

The module offers an introduction to the study of literature in an age where the increasing importance of film, television, and the internet has led to far-reaching changes in humanities disciplines and a broadening of the field of literary studies. Students will study critical texts in literary and media theory, which will give them the means to develop informed and critical readings in literature, media, and culture. The module in this way also provides an introduction to contemporary critical theory. Each week, students will study chapters introducing them to a given critical discourse (e.g., Psychoanalysis) and its application.

Pre-requisite: EN1101E or GEK1000

Anne THELL

This module looks at the emergence of the novel, at its experiments with form, and at its characteristic modes of representation. It concentrates, in particular, on such matters as the restrictions and opportunities of the genre: on the practicalities of sustaining a long fiction in prose; how different writers meet the various challenges of plot, episode, characterisation and style; and on the emergence of a distinct sense of the individual.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

Walter LIM

Shakespeare occupies an iconic position in English literature and acquaintance with his plays is expected of the informed reader. This module offers an introduction to a representative range of Shakespeare's works. It approaches them through genre and the informing background of English Renaissance history, culture, and politics. By the end of the module, students will have a good understanding of the major themes of Shakespeare’s plays and the milieu within which he wrote and performed.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

John WHALEN-BRIDGE

This module examines selected texts of nineteenth-century American writing through Reconstruction; it examines typical aspects of American character/ imagination, and it trains students to read literary texts closely and to express their understanding of texts both in class discussion and in writing. The module is aimed at undergraduate English majors, but cross-faculty students who enjoy literature are welcome.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

Irving GOH

This module traces the development of how we have come to our contemporary “affective turn.” We will begin with where the question of affects supposedly begun: Spinoza. We will then read how Deleuze underscored its importance, and how that has been carried through politically by Brian Massumi today. At the same time, we will be equally invested in Eve Sedgwick’s development of affect for feminist and queer theory in Berlant, Cvetkovich, Love, Edelman, Stewart, Nelson, and others. Finally, we will explore how affect theory affects literary studies with a reading of Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation.

Pre-requisite:
(i) EN1101E or GEK1000, AND (ii) at least one of the following modules (EN2201, EN2202, EN2203, EN2204, EN2205, EN2207)

Lucas HO

In this module students will write (and rewrite!) two full length plays of no less than 60 minutes in length. These will be critiqued intensively by their classmates and by the instructor. Students are at liberty to pick their own topics and genres. Specific historical or critical readings and dramatic texts will be assigned based on individual students interests (e.g., musical theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed). This is a demanding creative writing module requiring self-direction and artistic independence.

Pre-requisite: EN2271 or approval of instructor
Preclusion: TS4212

Anne THELL

This module explores the broader significance and implications of new tendencies that arose in the eighteenth century, and the ways in which they herald the concerns of the modern world. Part one explores the tension between religion, science, and philosophy in the prose and poetry of the early eighteenth century, and the impact that new ways of conceiving the world had on social, cultural, intellectual and religious thinking. Part two explores the tension between tradition and individual expression in the poetry and painting of the second half of the century, and the variety of ways in which they reveal a new sensibility.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Susan ANG

This module will examine the s/f sub-genre of utopias and dystopias in fictional literature. It will address the following questions: What is the appeal of imaginative utopias and dystopias? What is the relation of these fictions to the world of contemporary reality? To alternative ways of conceiving life, experience, or reality? To traditional history? To alternative futures? To projections of, and apprehensions about human society? How does the imaginative construction of dystopias, in particular, address the constantly changing relation of science and technology to human life as we know it, to the human individual, to human society, and to the many institutions and notions, from gender and sexuality to race, family, nation, religion and species through which the relation of the individual to the group is mediated in time and place? Dystopian and Utopian fiction will be studied as imaginative constructions of extrapolations from current technology and science, or as possible worlds with alternative selves, life-forms, ecosystems, or histories.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

John PHILLIPS

This module trains students in the reading and analysis of influential texts in critical theory, as the basis for examining the production and historical grounds of textual meaning. This survey course provides a comprehensive understanding of major critical theories of the twentieth century: post-structuralism and discourse-analysis, psychoanalysis, twentieth-century Marxism, and post-colonial studies. Close readings of Foucault, Lacan and Adorno in particular, will equip students to engage in wide-ranging and sometimes complex debates about critical approaches to the study of cultural meaning, its production and interpretation. The module targets students with interests in critical questions.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN or 28 MCs in EU/LA (French/ German/ Spanish)/recognised modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Walter LIM

This module explores the twinned ideas of usurpation and transgression in English Renaissance literature, analyzing the attempt to cross boundaries that define the norm in the polity and in moral, religious, and sexual spheres. We will look at how hierarchies established by religion, government, and custom seek to maintain and to justify the status quo. We will ask how literary texts register awareness of, and enter into dialogue with, these hierarchies. Different genres such as the play, the love lyric, the devotional lyric, and the epic will be invoked for our analysis of the cultural preoccupation with usurpation and transgression.

Pre-requisite:
Completed 80 MCs including 28 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

Modular credits: 15      

The Honours Thesis is usually done in the final semester of a student’s pursuing an Honours degree.

Pre-requisite:
Cohort 2012 and before: Completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.50.
Cohort 2013-2015: Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50, or with recommendation by the programme committee. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs.
Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed 110 MCs including 44 MCs of EN major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50, or with recommendation by the programme committee. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs.

Preclusion: EN4660

Note: Please register EN4401 manually with the Department.
Documents containing important information on EN4401 should be downloaded from “Documents and Forms.”

The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Honours Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Prerequisite:
Cohort 2012-2015: Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Cohort 2016 onwards: Completed 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in EN, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Preclusion: EN4401

Note: Please register EN4660 manually with the Department.
Documents containing important information on EN4660 should be downloaded from “Documents and Forms.”

Er Yanbing

The objectives of this course are to invite students to reflect on and analyse texts by great women novelists. Topics covered include the choice of genre, the relation between narrative structure and psychological experience and their political implications, the nature of the dilemmas at the heart of each text, and the problems of defining and responding to what is specific to women’s writing. For MA-level students with an interest in women’s writing.

Irving GOH

Motivated by the prevalent political, institutional, and economic failings that seem to plague our present century, best captured perhaps by the millennial-speak “epic fail,” this course proposes to critically think about failure as a concept. We will explore what is specific to contemporary failure, as compared to twentieth century failure. We will also seek to elucidate failure in all its dimensions, which would require us to articulate without prejudice all the affective states that accompany it. Readings will include literary texts by Beckett, Blanchot, Coetzee, Barnes, Carson, and DeLillo, alongside theoretical ones (French thought, contemporary feminist theory, and affect theory).

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in English Literature in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Note: (1) Word limit: 5,000 – 6,000 words. (2) Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecturer and the student, subject to Departmental approval.

David TEH

This interdisciplinary module will acquaint students with various theoretical approaches to the moving image, and equip them to write critically about contemporary screen cultures of Southeast Asia. Readings will be from media theory, art history and critical theory, as much as film studies. The module encourages students to think beyond the conventions of cinema studies (national cinema, genre, etc.), the rationale being that as screen culture spreads beyond industrial cinema, so too should theory and criticism. Films studied will privilege independent and experimental work, video/media art, animation and web-based video, emphasising the diversification of moving image practices with video and digital media.

John PHILLIPS

This module is an advanced graduate class in critical reading. In it students develop three main areas of competence: (i) knowledge of different critical traditions; (ii) awareness of the various problems of reading and interpretation; and (iii) close reading of texts informed by the knowledge of (i) and the awareness of (ii). In keeping with the advanced nature of the module, much of the responsibility for the direction of the work falls upon the students. Students will explore the texts of a few key thinkers and learn to understand some of the basic principles of critical theory. They will learn to apply specific reading strategies to selected texts and to raise questions about the reading process and its contexts. The emphasis throughout is on the development of students’ critical awareness of positions, strategies and possibilities of interpretation. The module is a core course for research students.

Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in English Literature in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. The Head’s and/or Graduate Coordinator’s approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.

Note: (1) Word limit: 7,000 – 8,000 words. (2) Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecturer and the student, subject to Departmental approval.