|Module Title||READING THEORY/READING TEXT 2|
|Co-ordinator||Dr David E Shuttleton|
|Semester||Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)|
|Other staff||Dr Christoph P Lindner, Mrs Carol M Marshall, Dr Matthew R Jarvis, Mr Michael J Smith|
|Course delivery||Other||20 Hours 10 x 2 hour workshop/seminars|
1. to build upon the experience gained in the previous theory module;
2. to enable students to explore the relationship between literary theory and literary analysis;
3. to enable students to gain experience of the practical application of literary theory to literary texts.
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.
We will be using four broad headings and studying four literary texts. At least three of these texts will be chosen from a designated list of eleven 'core' texts; the fourth text may (if desired) be the free choice of individual group tutors.
The eleven '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
11. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5
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.
This module is at CQFW Level 6