|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To study writing produced in Britain and the Atlantic world during the ‘long’ eighteenth century.
To develop students' ability to consider literary texts in their historical and cultural contexts; to analyse textual form and content in detail; and to communicate their critical responses to these texts in speech and writing.
Many genres and forms will be considered – fiction, drama, poetry, children’s literature, travel writing, life writing, and so on – and this material will be placed in its historical, cultural and social contexts. The overarching intellectual aim of the module will be to enable students to understand how encounters with new peoples, places and ideas were reflected in, mediated by, and sometimes actually created in, literature.
The primary mode of teaching on the module will two lectures and one seminar per week. In addition, there will be a field trip and a theatre workshop. The first, introductory, lectures will be delivered by the module teaching team in concert, as will review lectures at the midpoint and end of the module. Other lectures will usually be delivered by an individual member of the team. After the first weeks, lectures will focus on specific set texts, often with two lectures on each set text.
The texts set for the module may change from year to year, but they will usually include fiction, poetry, children’s literature, drama, travel writing and life writing, spanning the period from the 1680s to 1800.
It is intended that students should develop:
- an understanding of British cultural history during the long eighteenth century;
- an awareness of the ways in which encounters with new cultures, and social, political and intellectual change, can shape literary production, and vice versa;
- an awareness of the ways in which marginalised and suppressed groups sought to use literature as a means of enfranchisement;
- a knowledge of the contexts, contents and significance of the set texts.
It is intended that students should develop:
- an ability to offer critical readings of specific texts across a range of genres and forms;
- an ability to explore the relationship between text and historical, ideological, cultural and social contexts;
- an awareness of, and ability to use, appropriate critical language for discussing multifarious forms of literary production;
- the capacity to present conclusions coherently and convincingly, both verbally in class and in written form.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||44:00||44:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||73:00||73:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||2:00||2:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||N/A|
Lectures provide an overview of contextual and critical debates. Study groups and seminars offer the opportunity to link these to detailed engagement with the texts. Independent study is essential to equip students to engage with other learning methods. Workshops enhance students' understanding of specific texts, and the field trip offers the opportunity to link students' learning to real-world locations.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||40||1500 words. To be submitted two-thirds of the way through the semester|
|Written exercise||1||A||60||Take-home exam of no more than 2500 words|
There will be two points of assessment:
1. A 1500-word essay, to be submitted mid-module. Worth 33.3%
2. A ‘take-home’ examination (max. 2500 words). Worth 66.6% of the overall module mark.
The first essay will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the set-texts, contexts and module themes. The final ‘take-home’ examination, based on set extracts, will both encourage students’ close reading skills and test their knowledge and understanding of the module as a whole.
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