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Approaches to English Literature
Explore the pathways you can take when analysing English literature. Consider characterisation, genre and suspense. Think about a writing's context and authorial intent. Devour short stories, plays and critical texts as you broaden your studies.
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- demonstrate critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies
- understand and describe sites of meaning in various narrative modes
- apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations
- engage in informed critical discussion on subject content with peers and teachers, to entertain others' points of view, and to argue a critical position.
- Context, author and the reader
- Reading the imaginary
- Form and Content
- Research and essay writing
- Story and discourse
- Narrative time
- Plot and suspense
- Focalisation and characterisation
- Pre-modern narrative modes
- Arthurian Romance
- The Short Story in Context
- Shakespeare and the Canon
- Literature and Decadence
- Narration and Textual Analysis
- Contexts of Reading and Writing
- Fact and Fiction
- Reading Autobiography
- Sites of meaning
- Macbeth: Language, Drama and Gender
- The Mind, the Text and the Reader
- The Novel
- Language, Friendship and Revenge
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:
- MUR-BAR100-Academic Learning Skills
- SWI-COM10006-Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as ENG110 Approaches to English Literature.
This subject develops skills at university level in critical reading, textual analysis and writing about literary texts. It equips students with a range of key terms, concepts and practices for further studies in English literature or for any text-based discipline. Short literary texts and weekly critical studies provide focal points for developing detailed and informed ways of interpreting different kinds of narratives. Readings and classes treat themes such as identity and memory, and explore narrative concepts such as genre, characterisation and representing the imaginary in texts.
- Assignment 1 (5%)
- Assignment 2 (10%)
- Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
- Online Participation (20%)
- Research Essay (25%)