Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The eighteenth century saw the emergence of the English novel, the rapid rise of the periodical press, and the professionalisation of imaginative writing, as well as an upsurge in comedies of social manners on the stage, a healthy flow of erotic and pornographic texts, and poetry whose sexual and satiric energy is barely curbed by social decorum and convention. In short, male and female authors were interested in society in fascinating new ways that were the result of the exponential growth of London, the financial revolution that helped erode old social hierarchies, changes in sexual relations and constructions of gender, celebrity culture, and the rise of personality-based politics. Perhaps it is not too much to say that our own society is the heir to changes that happened in the Georgian period, and this module is an opportunity to study the fiction, drama, and poetry of this period.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/eng-30061/lists
To introduce students to a range of writings from the period 1700-1790;To develop students' skills in analysing literary texts;To equip students with the skills to critically appraise contextual and theoretical methods
Intended Learning Outcomes
appraise and critique drama, fiction, poetry from the period 1700-1790 in light of their cultural contexts: 1,2utilise and analyse critical approaches, and articulate this engagement in written work: 1,2apply relevant theoretical methodologies and evaluate their usefulness: 1,2carry out independent research, assimilate and synthesise research and present this in written form: 1,2devise, develop, construct, and sustain an argument in written work: 2engage in close analysis of texts and communicate this in concise and extended written form: 1,2
24: tutorials76: reading20: discussion thread contributions30: essay researching and writing
1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
KLE discussion thread contributionsAhead of each seminar, students will post to weekly online discussion threads set up by the tutor. The questions and tasks will test a range of skills, including textual analysis, contextual research, engaging with secondary sources, and designing projects. Students will post once or twice weekly, as required, with contributions totalling c. 250 words per week for approx. 8 weeks (some weeks will be rest weeks). 2,000 words total.2: Project weighted 50%
2,000 word essay or critical editionEITHER an essay from a list of c. 10 options, with the opportunity for students to devise their own topic (with tutor's approval), OR a critical edition of a primary text from three options specified by the tutor (e.g. a poem, a scenes from a play); students produce a circa 1,600 word introduction and circa 400 words of explanatory annotation.