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Reading Literature

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenors: Peter Fifield and Professor Alison Finlay
  • Assessment: 75% minimum attendance requirement (0%), coursework exercise (10%) and four 2000-word critical commentaries (90%)

Module description

This module is about what we do when we read literature. It extends over two terms (autumn and spring). In this module, we will be thinking about specific issues relating to the act of reading:

  • how, where, why and what we read
  • beginnings, middles and endings
  • using the Oxford English Dictionary
  • difficulty
  • voice
  • gender.

      This module will equip you with skills of interpretation and analysis that you will continue to use throughout your degree. Above all, the course will prompt you to think critically and imaginatively about close reading practice. By the end, you should be a more reflective and rigorous reader.

      Learning objectives

      This module aims to:

      • equip you with skills of interpretation and analysis
      • provide special coaching in methods and resources for close reading
      • encourage you to think critically and imaginatively about your (and others’) reading.