I literally cannot believe that we only have 15 days left until the Easter holidays! I have mixed feelings about this startling statistic. On the one hand I’m very excited about the holidays; going home, being fed and having somebody else tackle my mountain of dirty laundry! However, on the other hand, before I’m free I have to do an awful lot of work.
This term the three second year English modules (Medieval Literature, Critical Theory, From Satire to Sensibility) are all assessed slightly differently.Critical Theory is my biggest issue at the moment. It is assessed solely by coursework. By Wednesday 28th March at 12 midday I have to have written a 2000 word analysis of a literary theory.
While I am enjoying the novelty of theory, the newness makes its tricky too. I’m describing how feminist critics have modified Said’s theory of Orientalism (from his book of that name published 1978). Orientalism is a theory whereby discourses (mainly from England’s imperial period) create an imaginary idea of the East as a homogenous entity of exotic, negative, ‘otherness’.
However, feminist critics disagree with Said, stating that female writers do not always support this representation because they are also repressed. We have to show accuracy and clarity in explaining our chosen theory. We then have to evaluate its usefulness, validity and relevance in relation to literature. These objectives are different from a conventional literature essay which makes it a bit daunting but I think I’m ready to go!