Module Identifier EN10420  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Paulina Kewes  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours Answer two questions on a two hour paper   40%  
  Essay   1 essay of 1,500 words; one essay of up to 3,000 words   60%  
  Essay   1,000-1,500 words.   20%  
  Resit assessment   Resit or resubmission of failed elements    
  Resit assessment   Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements    

Brief description
This module falls into three sections - the three mega-genres of poetry, drama, prose fiction. Within each section, the aims and the rationale for choice of texts are slightly different. In the poetry section the emphasis is on the variety possible within the mega-genre, with the oral-formulaic Sir Orfeo at one extreme, and the linguistic compression of Shakespeare's sonnets at the other. In the drama section, one genre is chosen - comedy, and within that indeed comedy of manners - and the focus is on the way the genre is adapted and recreated through time, potentially opening out towards questions of the relation betwen history and literature, and towards issues such as intertextuality. In the prose fiction section, one genre is again chosen - the uncanny - but here, very broadly speaken, the genre is defined by content rather than by form. The module aims to use these three sections to challenge and develop students' understanding of literary forms. Such knowledge will be relevant not only to English students in Part 2, but other art subjects.

Reading Lists
** Reference Text
Stephen H. A. Stephen (ed.). (1995) 'Sir Orfeo' in Middle English Romances. Norton Critical
A.C. Cawley. 'The Franklin's Tale' in Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. ed. A.C. Cawley (Everyman)
William Shakespeare. The Sonnets. Everyman Poetry
Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Sonnets from the Portuguese. Everyman Poetry
William Shakespeare. Much Ado About Nothing. ed F. H. Mares (Cambridge)
Congreve. The Way of the World. 2nd. ed. Brian Gibbons (New Mermaids, 2nd edn.)
Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays. ed. Peter Raby World's Classics)
Jane Austen. Northanger Abbey. ed. John Davie (World's Classics)
James Hogg. Confessions of a Justified Sinner,. ed. J. A. Cuddon (Everyman)
Joseph Conrad. 'The Secret Sharer' in Typhoon and Other Tales. ed. Cedric Watts (World's Classics)