This course is introductory, and
aims to provide, or reinforce, a grounding in the methodology of the subject.
The work done in lectures and seminars, while complementary, is less closely
linked than in the other courses. The first term lectures aim to introduce and
exemplify some of the indispensable elements of a critical vocabulary, while
the second term lectures offer a brief historical survey of different ideas of
literary criticism from the Renaissance to the present day. In both terms there
are commentary and analysis seminars, involving the detailed discussion of
unseen passages of literature in various genres and from various periods. These
seminars aim to stimulate attentive and accurate close reading. The work done
in this course feeds into tutorials and into discussion of passages from the
narrative texts in both seminars and essays.