ENG-10026 - Reading Literature
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective





'A' level English or equivalent.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

Module Overview
This 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 Literatures; the other is 'Becoming a Critic' 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 Purchase
Andrew 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.
Bertolt Brecht, The Measures Taken (and other Lehrstucke), Methuen, repr. 2010.
'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.
1: Close Reading, weighted 20% (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 70%
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 10%
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 impart research skills (use of library, electronic resources etc.) for the further study of literature.

To enable students to sample a range of texts and genres by a number of different authors and from a range of the historical periods covered by modules later in the programme.

To equip students with a familiarity with the distinctive characteristics of the key literary genres of poetry and drama.

To equip students with a clear and working knowledge of relevant literary terminology.

To familiarise students with some of the important debates in critical and literary theory in English studies (focusing on historicism and feminism).

To introduce students to essential techniques and conventions of presenting ideas orally, on paper and electronically.

Intended Learning Outcomes

engage in description and analysis of a number of varied examples of poetry and drama from a range of historical periods will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
articulate some of the key concepts in critical theory and relate and apply these to the texts studied will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
acquire, assess, organize and engage with a wide variety of sources (including electronic ones) as part of the practice of research

will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
demonstrate familiarity with some of the distinctive characteristics of key literary genres: drama, poetry and fiction will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
demonstrate skills appropriate to both written and oral forms of communication and using basic word processing skills will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3
work constructively with others, weighing up differing or opposing critical positions and articulating a clear assessment of them will be achieved by assessments: 3
engage in close analysis of texts and communicate this in written work will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
devise, develop and sustain an argument in written work will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2

Study hours

Lecture (12 hours)
Small group class (12 hours)
Seminar preparation and private study (75 hours)
Exam writing and preparation (40 hours)
Formative exercise preparation and writing (10 hours)
Feedback (1 hour)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 30%
Short written exercise (1200 words)
Close reading exercise

2: Exam weighted 50%
2 hour exam
Students choose two questions from a list of 10

3: Class Participation weighted 20%
Tutorial participation
A mark will be given for class participation skills: contribution to discussion, group skills, preparation, etc.