The aims of this module are: • To introduce students to some of the key concepts associated with and strategies employed in modern literary analysis. • To introduce the fundamental conventions that structure academic research and writing within the field of literary studies. • To develop the essential skills required for studying literature at undergraduate level and beyond, such as structuring a clear argument, providing accurate references for secondary sources, and constructing, sustaining and concluding an academic essay• To promote independent learning, critical thinking, and support students in developing an individual academic voice. • To enable students to engage in close reading and to contextualize primary texts within their contexts (cultural, historical, social, political).
By the end of this module students will be able to: A. Demonstrate the ability to research, design, construct and conclude an academic essay in the field of literary studies. B. Deploy an initial analytical and critical vocabulary for the discussion of literature at undergraduate level. 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.
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.