Programme/Approved Electives for 2018/19
English Dual Honours (Level 6)English Major (Level 6)English Minor (Level 6)English Single Honours (Level 6)English and American Literatures Single Honours (Level 6)English with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)Medical Humanities Single Honours (Level 6)
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1759-67) is a metafictional masterpiece, a bizarre, sprawling, weird and wonderful novel. Its hero sets out to tell his LIFE but gets so distracted with his OPINIONS that he struggles to get very far beyond his own birth! And the whole thing somehow ends five years before he is born. Along the way, Laurence Sterne plays games with narrative, with the format of books, with language, and with human frailty and obsession. If you enjoy eccentricity, storytelling, satire, and innuendo, you will love this novel. But you will be baffled by it as well (at least if you're reading it right). On the module we will set Tristram Shandy in its Georgian contexts, including politics, religion, the family, gender, sexuality, biography, philosophy, and the rising novel. But you will also have the chance to look at adaptations and appropriations including a modern film (A Cock and Bull Story) and graphic novel version (by Martin Rowson). There are not many novels that justify a whole module, but this is one of them!The only book you need to buy is the Penguin Classics edition of Tristram Shandy, edited by Melvyn New and Joan New.
- To give students the opportunity to study a major work of literature in depth.- To give students the opportunity to engage with eighteenth-century literary culture via a capacious representative of that tradition, Tristram Shandy.- To allow students to develop an independent approach to their critical engagement with Tristram Shandy.
Intended Learning Outcomes
appraise and critique literary text in light of its historical significance and/or its formal properties: 1engage in close analysis of literary text and communicate this in extended written work: 1identify, utilise, and evaluate critical approaches to literature: 1,2,3apply relevant theoretical methodologies and evaluate their usefulness: 1,2,3conduct independent research, assimilate and synthesise research, and present findings in written form: 1,2devise, develop, construct, and sustain an argument in written work: 1,2
24 hours classes (12 x 2 hr)2 hour film screening1 hour individual consultation69 hours independent reading30 hours researching and writing essay12 hours researching and writing short paper12 hours posting to KLE discussion threads
1: Essay weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
Essay 3000 wordsResearched essay, chosen from a list of topics (or students can devise their own topic subject to the tutor's approval)2: Short Paper weighted 20%
Short paperA critical review of journal article, length 1200 words3: Class Participation weighted 20%
Class participation and KLE discussion thread postsEach student will be required to post to weekly discussion threads set up by the tutor (and/or by designated students). They should post twice weekly, with contributions totalling c. 200 words per week. Marks will be awarded for the quality of posts and for contribution (i.e. marks will be depressed if they do not contribute). These posts will inform seminar discussions: students will be rewarded for the quality of their contributions to classes and their preparation