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EL1009: ACTS OF READING (2017-2018)

Last modified: 21 Jul 2017 15:10


Course Overview

This course introduces students to the study of English by exploring the dynamic relationship between author, reader and text in a series of classic works of fiction and poetry. It covers a broad historical range (from Folk Tales and ballads to 21st century postmodernity) and offers a basic grounding in key elements of literary theory, literary history and the varieties of literary form.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Wayne Price

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

“I can read you like a book” is a cliché for complete and easy understanding. But is the process of reading so self-evident? And do books give up their secrets quite so easily? This course introduces students to the study of English by exploring the dynamic relationship between author, reader and text in a series of classic works of fiction and poetry. It examines what it is we do when we read: how we process information from textual clues and respond imaginatively to the fictions presented on the page. We investigate how the form of a text shapes responses and structures expectations in the reader. We look at the interplay of oral and written traditions in poetic form, and how poets play upon convention in their work. We also engage with disruptive texts which ask us to reflect upon literature and ask what it is and what it is for.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • English Joint
  • English Major
  • MA English
  • MA English and Scottish Literature
  • MA English with Creative Writing
  • MA Languages and Literature of Scotland
  • MA Scottish Studies

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt:

Continuous Assessment (100%) comprising:
Essay One of 1500 words (35%)
Essay Two of 2000 words (55%)
Tutorial Assessment Mark (10%)

Resit:
 
1 two-hour examination (100%).

 

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

Class tutors will provide both verbal feedback in class (and/or office hours where requested) and written feedback via the standard English Literature cover sheets.

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