SEL1030 : Close Reading
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Stacy Gillis
- Lecturer: Dr James Harriman-Smith, Dr Martin Dubois, Dr Hannah Durkin
- Other Staff: Dr Emily Murphy, Dr Emily Ennis, Dr Eliza O'Brien, Dr Mathelinda Nabugodi, Ms Anne Carruthers
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
The module aims:
1. To develop students' ability to close-read poetry, prose, theatre and film through a focus on the formal and stylistic features of each mode.
2. To introduce students to the critical vocabulary used to identify and describe those features.
3. To teach students how to apply that critical vocabulary thoughtfully and with precision in their own analyses.
Outline Of Syllabus
Close reading is one of the tools which are fundamental to any degree involving the study of literature. This core Stage 1 module is therefore designed to equip students with the analytical skills and vocabulary needed to read and write meaningfully and accurately about a wide range of 'texts'. The syllabus will involve the analysis of works in each of the four main modes: poetry, prose, theatre and film. Lectures and seminars will concentrate on developing students' understanding of how to approach works in each mode, identifying and interpreting key formal and stylistic features. Students will develop their own close-reading practice both orally and in writing.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||84:00||84:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||26||1:00||26:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||78:00||78:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce students to the four main modes (poetry, prose, theatre and film), examining some of the major stylistic and formal features which are particular to a mode or in some cases common to all of them, and explaining essential critical terms and how to use them. Seminars give students the opportunity to develop and practise their analytical skills orally and through preparatory small-group written work, using both set texts and unseen sample extracts from each mode. Students will also receive detailed guidance on their assessments in some of the lectures and regular feedback on their assignments and study group work.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Portfolio||1||A||100||1800 word essays (x2) plus a 300 word reflective piece on the feedback received from the formative assessment|
|Essay||1||M||A close reading of one of the first two forms studied on the module.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The formative essay of 1000 words allows students the opportunity to gain feedback on a close reading of one of the genres studied in the first half of the module. The final portfolio consists of two essays (2 x 1800 words) which provide close readings of two of the other genres, and a short reflective piece (300 words) on the feedback from the marked formative essay. The marked formative essay will also be resubmitted along with the rest of the portfolio.