Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Module OverviewThis is the first of two compulsory core modules in first year for principal students of English and for single honours students in English and in English & American Literature; the other is 'Composition' in semester 2. In these two modules we aim to develop the foundational skills for literary study at university. How is university English different from 'A' level? What sorts of concepts and contexts are important for studying literature? What makes literature distinctive and exciting? This core introductory module aims to answer these questions and thereby enable students to manage the transition from 'A' level or equivalent to self-study, group work, and formal assessment at university level. The texts on this module are representative of the wide range of research interests of the lecturers in the English Programme and we have chosen them because they are all great reads. Alongside these primary works, you will also be introduced to some key ideas and terms in literary criticism, as well as to all the research resources available to you at Keele. 'Reading Literature' is a module designed to develop and strengthen your pleasure, knowledge, and confidence as a reader of literature.Texts for PurchaseAndrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle, An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory, 4th edn., Longman, rev. 2009. Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, ed. Joanna Lipking, Norton, 2010 Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient, Bloomsbury, 1993. 'The Island' in The Township Plays, ed. Dennis Walder, Oxford University Press, 1993.Lord Byron, Poetry and Prose, ed. Alice Levine, Norton, 2010. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, ed. Pauline Nestor, Penguin, 2008.Assessment1: Close Reading, weighted 30% (1,200 words) This is a close reading written exercise focusing on a short extract of drama or poetry or prose. It will be set in week 3 (posted on Blackboard), and is to be handed in during week 6. 2: Two Hour Seen Examination, weighted 50% You answer two questions from a list of ten. This will be a seen paper, but not open book. You will have the opportunity to practice through a mock exam exercise to be considered and completed between weeks 10 and 12. 3: Class Participation, weighted 20% A mark will be given for class participation skills. These include: contribution to discussion, group skills, preparation, etc. Participation is assessed on the basis of evidence of preparation in response to set seminar topics, and readiness to apply the preparation positively in class discussion.
To develop students┐ ability in the close literary analysis of prose, poetry, and dramaTo develop essay-writing skills, including producing a thesis and sustaining an argumentTo impart research skills (use of library, electronic resources, etc.)To ensure competence in grammar and the mechanics of writingTo introduce students to essential techniques and conventions of presenting ideas in writing, including correct citation and referencing
Intended Learning Outcomes
assess, organise, and engage with a wide variety of sources (including electronic ones) as part of the practice of research: 2demonstrate skills in close reading : 1,2demonstrate competence in academic writing: 1,2develop and sustain critical arguments: 1,2identify common grammatical errors and understand the principles of sentence structure: 2demonstrate an understanding of the conventions of academic citation: 2
Lecture (12 hours)Small group class (12 hours)Seminar preparation and private study (83 hours)Exam preparation (30 hours)Formative exercise preparation and writing (10 hours)Exam (2 hours)Individual consultation/feedback (1 hour)
1: Essay weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Short written exercise (1200 words)Close reading exercise2: Exam weighted 50%
2 hour examStudents choose two questions from a list of 103: Class Participation weighted 20%
Tutorial participationA mark will be given for class participation skills: contribution to discussion, group skills, preparation, etc.