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Module

SEL1004 : Introduction to Literary Studies II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kate De Rycker
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module provides an introduction to literary studies from some of the earliest works written in English up to the early 19th Century. It is of course impossible to cover ten centuries worth of literature in only one semester, but the texts we study in this module are a taster of the range of authors (from the famous to the lesser known), genres (from epic poetry through city comedy to travel writing) and media (print, manuscript, performance, and digital) that you can explore further in the second and third year of your degree. We will use these texts to develop our practices in literary criticism: how can we become 'active readers' and engage with texts which may otherwise feel culturally and aesthetically distant? This module aims to enable students to develop their skills of analysis, and to work confidently in the criticism of literary texts and cultures.

Outline Of Syllabus

NB:The specific texts taught on this module are subject to change because we have some variation in the team of lecturers who teach on this course. Students will be told in December (i.e. before teaching starts in Semester 2) which texts we’ll definitely be studying. There are roughly six texts selected to represent a range of historical periods, authors, genres, and media.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable