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A Western Canon? Cervantes & Shakespeare (ARTS90007)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeARTS90007
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One of them invented the modern novel, the other reinvented drama. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, and Cervantes was buried that same day. Co-taught by the School of Languages and Linguistics (SOLL) and the School of Culture and Communication (SCC), this subject focuses on the significative coincidences, comparative significance and reception of selected canonical works of Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare. Particular emphasis will be put on the existing confluence among both authors such as in the case of Cardenio, The Tempest and Persiles. This subject will approach Cervantes´ and Shakespeare´s texts in the context of the practices of canon formation, the importance of lost plays, as well as identity formation, and the limits of metafiction.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • enhanced knowledge of Literary and Cultural Canon formation through the comparative study of Cervantes and Shakespeare;
  • an ability to intellectually engage with current leading literary studies and cultural theory;
  • an ability to reflect upon their own research work in relation to current literary and cultural theory and analysis trends; and
  • enhanced engagement with research practices, including the leading-edge literary-cultural theories and approaches relevant to each Phd student`s specific research focus.

Generic skills

The subjects will contribute, through teaching and discussion with academic staff and peers, to developing skills and capacities including those identified in the University-defined Graduate Attributes for the PhD, in particular:

  • the capacity to contextualise research within an international corpus of specialist knowledge;
  • an advanced ability to engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of research-based and scholarly literature; and
  • an advanced understanding of key disciplinary and multi-disciplinary norms and perspectives relevant to the field.

Last updated: 24 August 2019