LITS2306 EXAM ADVICE
The exam is based solely on Module 2.
The exam is two hours in length.
You must answer two questions (in the form of essays) chosen from a total of
Each question asks you to compare the views of two theorists, chosen from
several, on a particular topic.
In the final module, we examined the following topics by discussing the views
of the theorists in question:
- The nature of identity (Herder; Hegel; Du Bois; Wollstonecraft);
- Different forms of 'expressive criticism': appreciative; hermeneutics;
('Longinus'; Young; Schleiermacher);
- The biographical approach and literary history (Taine; Brathwaite; Woolf;
Arnold [in “The Study of Poetry”]; Eliot);
- Representation: can texts (esp. novels) hold an objective mirror up to
nature? Or is representation necessarily a subjective affair?
(James; Zola; Ramchand [in The West Indian Novel and its Background];
- Criticism and the reading process: can reading be objective? (Arnold [in
“The Function of Criticism”]; Richards; Achebe, Ramchand [in “Concern for
For a fuller description of the topics covered in Module 2, please click
here for a handout which was distributed at the