|Module Title||READING THEORY/READING TEXT 2|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Sean Matthews|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Other staff||Mrs Carol Marshall, Dr Damian Walford Davies, Dr David Shuttleton, Dr Elizabeth Oakley-Brown, Dr Helena Grice, Mr Matthew Jarvis, Mr Michael Smith, Dr Tiffany Atkinson|
|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.|
The ten 'core' texts from which seminar texts will be selected are as follows:
1. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Prologue and 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. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
9. Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts
10. 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 (each contributing 50% of the module mark), 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.