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Warning! This unit contains mature content and may not be suitable for some students. Any student under the age of 16 who would like to enrol in this unit must first complete a Parental Consent Form.

Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction
    • Context, author and the reader
    • Reading the imaginary
    • Form and Content
    • Research and essay writing
    • Genre
    • Story and discourse
    • Narrative time
    • Plot and suspense
    • Focalisation and characterisation
    • Pre-modern narrative modes
    • Arthurian Romance
    • The Short Story in Context
    • Intertextuality
    • 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
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical reading habits, interpretive analysis, research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of English studies
  2. understand and describe sites of meaning in various narrative modes
  3. apply understanding of narrative techniques to literary study and beyond to other situations
  4. engage in informed critical discussion on subject content with peers and teachers, to entertain others' points of view, and to argue a critical position.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment 1 (5%)
  • Assignment 2 - Assignment 2 (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 4 - Online Participation (20%)
  • Assignment 5 - Research Essay (25%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-ENG110

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

Special requirements

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.

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