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SEL3366 : The Ways of the World: 18th Century Literature (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims to:

-Develop students’ knowledge of the literature of the 18th century as it is broadly understood;

-Deepen their understanding of a range of texts (both canoniacal and non-canoniacal);

-Connect these insights with an appreciation of the significance of relevant conceptual and contextual approaches.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module gives students the chance to study eighteenth-century literature as it is broadly understood in terms that might include the study of poetry, fiction, drama and essays in a variety of modes and voices.

Themes and debates addressed might include the professionalization of authorship, science, religion, philosophies of mind, the city, landscape, politics and the state, sex and gender, exploration. Specific forms and genres studied may vary from year to year, but might include satire, travel-writing, Restoration drama, ballads, the elegy, epistolary fiction, oriental and Gothic tales, children’s literature.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion173:0073:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Seminars develop this knowledge and enable the practise of skills, namely close textual analysis and interpersonal communications. Study groups give students the chance to develop independent study and prepare for the seminars in terms that give them genuine ownership over the material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M401,800 word essay
Essay1A602,200 word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course essay (1800 words) will ask students to concentrate on one particular text studied in the first half of the module. This essay will be based on an extract.

The end of module essay (2,200 words) will ask students to write a comparative essay using two different texts.

Offering a mix of modes of assessments (close reading, comparative/contextual analysis) and ensuring good coverage of the texts on the module, the assessment will focus students upon detailed aspects of the material in terms that connect their ideas with the module’s broader thematic and conceptual ambitions.

Reading Lists