Literary and Cultural Analysis: Identities

Language of instruction



Students are required to have passed an introductory module in literature at Bachelor-level. The level of English language skills required for this course should correspond to the level achieved on successful completion of the Language Skills and Culture introductory module.


This module introduces students to how different types of identities are reflected in, constructed through, and challenged by literary texts (e.g. gay male literature since 1960, muslims in Britain, the construction of whiteness, working-class fiction, gender and sexuality, old age, disability studies, etc.).

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to: (a) outline the key theoretical concepts relevant to the topic of their course; (b) comment on - and position themselves within - major controversies surrounding these terms; (c) formulate sustained literary critical arguments that employ and engage with some of these core concepts; (d) write mid-length literary critical essays; (e) present the findings of their literary critical research and theoretical explorations in other formats (e.g. short input papers, posters, visual essays, short presentations, leading a class discussion, etc.); (f) engage in open and constructive academic debates with their peers; (g) list a number of useful techniques to read and understand difficult secondary texts.