|Module Title||READING THEORY/READING TEXT 2|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Sarah Prescott|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Course delivery||Workshop||20 Hours 10 x 2 hr workshop/seminars|
|Assessment||Continuous assessment||2 x 2,500 word essays||100%|
|Resit assessment||Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|
Explores the relationship between literary theory and methodology and the practice of literary analysis, with respect to a group of texts.
The twelve 'core' texts are as follows:
1. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Nun's Priest's Tale
2. William Shakespeare, The Tempest
3. Daniel Defoe, Roxana
4. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
5. Alfred Tennyson, Selected Poems
6. Herman Melville, Billy Budd
7. Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
8. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
9. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
10. Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
11. Derek Walcott, Selected Poems
12. Toni Morrison, Beloved
The four broad theoretical headings, which all groups will use, are:
2) Literary Context and Authorship
4) Sex and Gender
Tutors will decide individually on the order of treatment of these topics, and will match topic to text according to their own judgement. Tutors may wish to touch on several of the topics for a given text, rather than matching each of the four literary texts to just one of the four broad topics.
The module is assessed by two pieces of course work, and there is no examination. The assessment tasks will be designed so as to allow students to demonstrate (i) their grasp of relevant aspects of critical theory, (ii) their skill in applying theory to text, and (iii) their understanding of the problems and opportunities entailed in doing so.
All teaching associated with this module is completed in semester 1. The deadline for the second assessed essay will be the first day of semester 2 and the mark for the module will be released with the semester 2 results.