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BA English Literature / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||English and American Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Course Unit Overview
After the introductory lecture, the course is divided into four units, each of which is focused on reading a particular genre or kind of material. Readings vary year on year, but a typical year might include:
Unit 1: Reading Poetry (poetry by a wide range of poets);
Unit 2: Reading Prose (essays and fiction by Bacon and Adichie);
Unit 3: Reading Drama (plays by Shakespeare and Beckett);
Unit 4: Film Adaptation (Shakespeare)
' To introduce students to reading skills in the main genres in contemporary English studies.
- To familiarize students with a range of important terms and tools (including the ability to scan lines of verse) in the critical reading of prose, poetry, drama, and culture.
- To develop students' ability to use critical reading in order to construct an argument.
- To introduce students to the theoretical issues around the notion of culture, and to the reading skills needed when critically evaluating popular culture.
- To develop skills of written and oral expression.
- To develop students' ability to work effectively as a group and in online discussion groups.
- To develop students' IT skills through Blackboard.
By the end of this course successful students should be able to:
- Identify works in a variety of different forms
- Identify and explicate some of the methods used by literary or cultural critics to examine formal issues and to link a work's form with its content
- Formulate arguments on the basis of textual evidence
- Use appropriate scholarly terms and methods of presentation
- Give critical readings of texts in different genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and popular culture.
- Communicate appropriately in online and seminar discussions
- Express their arguments in writing that reaches a Level 1 standard.
- Read texts critically and with attention to rhetorical detail
- Speak and debate issues clearly
- Navigate and utilize the resources available on Blackboard
|Portfolio 3 x 500 word close readings of poetry||40%|
Tii and face to face meetings upon arrangement with marker
William Shakespeare, King Henry V, ed. by Andrew Gurr, The New Cambridge Shakespeare, rev. edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
Samuel Beckett, Endgame (London: Faber and Faber, 2009).
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus, (orig. 2003, Fourth Estate, 2017)
Melissa Harrison, All Among the Barley (Bloomsbury, 2018)
|Independent study hours|
|Clara Dawson||Unit coordinator|