SEL2202 : Writing New Worlds, 1660 - 1800
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr James Harriman-Smith
- Lecturer: Professor Matthew Grenby, Professor Kate Chedgzoy, Dr Laura Kirkley
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|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.
Outline Of Syllabus
The primary mode of teaching on the module will two lectures and one seminar per week. 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.
|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|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
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
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There will be two points of assessment:
1. A 1500-word essay, to be submitted mid-module. Worth 40%
2. A 2500-word essay (max. 2500 words). Worth 60% 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 second essay, based on set extracts, will both encourage students’ close reading skills and test their knowledge and understanding of the module as a whole.