This course aims to introduce students to key concepts, themes, and major critical approaches to literary studies. . It will develop students’ skills of close reading and textual analysis, and enhance their ability to analyse and interpret diverse literary and cultural texts, such as fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction, across time and cultural contexts through discussions of form, genre, style, and innovations on traditional creative paradigms and themes. Topics for exploration include the art of narrative, identity, gender, memory and society. Students will generate creative and critical responses to the texts throughout the course.