Literary and Cultural Theory

Literary and Cultural Theory

This module will introduce you to the main areas of literary and cultural theory and teach you how to apply them to literary texts as well as teaching you to think critically about just about everything: films, TV, current events, family dinners, you think of it and by the end of this module you'll be able to crticially analyse it. You'll learn about Psychoanalysis, Marxism, Postcolonial Theory, and Feminism. You'll have two sessions on each approach, which will mean you'll get to grips with the main concepts of the theory, and then work on applying them 'in practice'. The assessment for this module is in two parts, a presentation and an essay. For the presentation you'll be asked to prepare, in small groups, about 10 minutes on one of the theories, demonstrating how you would apply it to a text, film, music video, song, etc, of your choice. For example, you might do a feminist reading of a Shakespeare play, or take a...
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Research Seminar: John-Paul Zaccarini – ‘Circus on the Couch’  (30 October 2013)

Research Seminar: John-Paul Zaccarini – ‘Circus on the Couch’ (30 October 2013)

On Tuesday 30th October, we were proud to welcome to LJMU the internationally renowned and multi-talented circus performer John-Paul Zaccarini. Having already enjoyed considerable successes as a circus artist, director and choreographer, John-Paul began a foray into the remarkably different (but arguably equally as challenging!) world of academia by studying for a PhD, with his invention of the concept he entitled ‘Circoanalysis’. It was this term which formed the basis of his fascinating paper ‘Circus on the Couch’. John-Paul began by playing us a film of a dramatic scene involving rope work from his award-winning solo performance, Throat (which can be accessed here: http://vimeo.com/39268206). The video was visually stunning and served as an excellent introduction to his previous profession as a critically acclaimed circus artist. Having retired from performing, John-Paul is now a visiting lecturer at the University of Stockholm. Exploring the idea that aspects of psychoanalysis can bed applied to the circus arts he conceived a new method of theorising...
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