SEL1023 : Transformations
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Kate Chedgzoy
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
Many literary texts, across all historical periods of study, have points of reference in classical or pre-medieval literature. This module therefore introduces first-year students to key texts from this period to equip them with knowledge of essential cultural landmarks that will inform their study of literature and film in stages 2 and 3. The module considers the ways in which the pre-medieval texts studied have been adapted by subsequent writers, playwrights and film-makers. Students are asked to read across the pre-medieval text and its later adaptations, and to reflect on the various modes of 'transformation' that the original has undergone. The module also introduces students to how transformations of the conditions of literary production and consumption can change what people do with texts.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will cover one text per week in two lectures, one reading group and one seminar.
The introductory weeks will consider various modes of textual transformation, eg the advent of print or film, and how new modes of textuality have changed what people do with texts.
The remainder of the module will be grouped around three pre-medieval texts which have been particularly influential in English Literature, such as 'Genesis', Homer's 'Odyssey' or Ovid's 'Metamorphosis'. The first week of each textual cluster will focus on the pre-medieval text and the following two weeks will look at two subsequent adaptations of that text.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||40:00||40:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||110:00||110:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||3||0:20||1:00||Small group sessions preparing for assignments and engaging with feedback|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||1:00||1:00||These workshops offer additional support to students on QV38 undertaking a creative assessment optio|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce the students to the knowledge outcomes as listed.
Seminars develop this knowledge further and provide a structured learning space where students practise the skills of close textual analysis, critical debate and the evaluation of critical positions.
Between the lectures and the seminar students will participate in a self-directed study group where they will discuss topics relevant to the module and respond to set readings.
On three occasions during the module, these study groups will meet with their seminar tutor for workshops with an intensive focus on assessment and feedback.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||30||Written Assignment of 1,250 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination will test students' knowledge of the pre-medieval texts and how they have been adapted or transformed. As other stage one modules are examined by submitted work, a formal examination will provide a diversity of methods of assessment.
The written exercise will ask students to consider transformations of the Ovid texts in relation to either issues of translation, or the medium of transformation (text, performance, or film). They will perform a close reading of their chosen text in relation to these issues, or complete a creative submission.