Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE An Introduction to Cultural Criticism

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course




This unit is a prerequisite for various courses in Cultural Criticism offered on the undergraduate syllabus, and aims to provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of cultural criticism.


Departments of English have in recent years diverted interdisciplinary methodologies taken from areas like literary criticism and semiotics to the study of popular culture. The rise of Cultural Criticism and Cultural Studies may be seen as both a cause and an effect of this development. This course briefly reviews the emergence and establishment within English of critiques of popular culture, examines the work of theorists who have contributed to this paradigm, and offers opportunities for students to attempt some practical criticism in the field.

Reading List

Selected Reading

- Barker, Chris, Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice (London: Sage, 2008).
- Carey, John, The Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice among the Literary Intelligentsia 1880-1939 (London: Faber and Faber, 1992).
- Carroll, Noël, On Criticism (London: Routledge, 2009).
- During, Simon, The Cultural Studies Reader (London: Routledge, 2004).
- Lewis, Jeff, Cultural Studies: The Basics (London: Sage, 2008).
- Longhurst, Brian, et al, Introducing Cultural Studies (Harlow, Longman, 2008).
- Mulhern, Francis, Culture / Metaculture (London: Routledge, 2006).
- Storey, John, ed., Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: A Reader (Harlow: Longman, 2009).
- Storey, John, ed., Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction (Harlow: Longman, 2009).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Giuliana Fenech

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