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EL1536: RETHINKING READING (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:43

Course Overview

Rethinking Reading invites you to consider what we do when we study literature. What shapes the idea of literature as we know it? How, and why, might we want to change the ways in which we think about texts? Who gets to decide, and why does it matter? Designed as an introduction to critical theory for students of literature, Rethinking Reading introduces several key topics in critical studies: literature, authorship, genre, sexuality, and posthumanism.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

'Rethinking Reading' complements the module ‘Acts of Reading’. Intended primarily for students with degree intentions in English, this course is structured around the exploration of key areas in critical theory: literature, authorship, genre, sexuality, and posthumanism. It will develop students' ability to reflect on foundational critical questions, offering a basis for understanding some of the main theoretical approaches and current methodologies informing the study of literature. Four literary texts are explored as case studies, together with indicative critical reading: the poetry of E. A. Markham, Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, and Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27 - 35, 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

500 word essay plan with bibliography 15%

Course journal 15%

2000 word essay 70%


Resit (for students who took the course in academic year 2019/20 and C8 students): 2000 words essay 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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