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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.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
“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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Continuous Assessment (100%) comprising:
Essay One of 1500 words (35%)
Essay Two of 2000 words (55%)
Tutorial Assessment Mark (10%)
There are no assessments for this course.
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.