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Module Code: ENG105
Module Title: Introduction to Close Reading: Approaches to Literary Study
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aims of this module are:

• To promote independent learning, critical thinking, and support students in developing an individual academic voice.

• To practice essential skills – such as structuring a clear argument, providing accurate references for secondary sources, and constructing, sustaining and concluding an academic essay.

• To engage in close reading and contextualize primary texts within their contexts (cultural, historical, social, political).

Learning outcomes 
By the end of this module students will be able to:

A. Demonstrate the ability to research, design, construct and conclude an academic essay.

B. Deploy an initial analytical and critical vocabulary for the discussion of literature.

C. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and aims of literary criticism.

D. Apply the above knowledge and skills in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays.

E. Demonstrate a basic ability to interrelate texts and discourses specific to the discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components (lectures and seminars). Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge of literature and critical methodologies. Seminars are discussion-led and develop skills in close reading and critical practice.
Texts are subject to change.

Week one: What is Literature Victor Shklovsky, ‘Art as Technique’; F.R. Leavis, The Great Tradition.

Week two: What is an Author W.K. Wimsatt and Monroe Beardsley, ‘The Intentional Fallacy’; Roland Barthes, ‘The Death of the Author’.

Week three: What is a Reader Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’.

Week four: What is an Editor Sylvia Plath, Ariel.

Week five: What is Close Reading I.A. Richards, Practical Criticism; James Joyce, ‘Sirens’; Jacques Derrida, ‘Ulysses Gramophone’.

Week six: What is Originality Tobias Wolff, Old School; Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire.

Week seven: What is a Narrator Henry James, The Turn of the Screw.

Week eight: What is Comparative Literature Qian Zhongshu, Fortress Besieged.

Week nine: What is Romanticism William Wordsworth, The Prelude.

Week ten: What is Realism Charles Dickens, Hard Times.

Week eleven: What is Modernism Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway.

Week twelve: What is Postmodernism John Barth, ‘Lost in the Funhouse’.

Week thirteen: Revision and tutorials.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13     26      111  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 1 30.00
2 Essay 2 70.00

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