IA111-3-FY-CO:
Major Writers in English Literature

The details
2020/21
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
30
04 August 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Module description

This module aims to introduce students to a selected number of texts ranging from Shakespeare to the contemporary period. Students who complete the module successfully will gain a broad overview of some of the major movements in literature written in English over the last half millennium. The historical context of the texts will also be considered, as well the individual concerns of each writer. Texts will be as representative as possible and will include drama, poetry and prose fiction.

Some major works will be studied in detail, giving students a chance to deepen their approach to literature by describing, analysing and reflecting on the work in question. This will be done both in class during discussions and close readings, and at length in their written assignments. An important aspect of the module lies in the vocabulary used to discuss and describe literature, and students will be encouraged to become familiar with using key terms accurately and appropriately in their work.

Module aims

The module aims:

1. To encourage students to develop interest and enjoyment in literary studies

2. To develop students' understanding of works in different genres, from different periods

3. To provide students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between literary form and expression

4. To enable students to think about the importance of the historical, literary and philosophical contexts of the text

5. To encourage students to express their responses effectively and with appropriate terminology

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be expected to be able to:


1. Communicate clearly the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to literary study, using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written or oral expression.

2. Evaluate the significance of cultural, historical and other contextual influences on literary texts being studied.

3. Show detailed understanding of the ways in which writers' choice of form, structure and language shape meanings.

4. Engage fully with the study of literature through the taking of lecture notes, participation in class discussion and the undertaking of independent study.

5. Analyse assignment questions, and research and construct a response using appropriate terminology, and in suitably academic register.

6. Analyse take-home exam questions and formulate an appropriate response using appropriate terminology, and in suitably academic register.

7. Articulate independent opinions and judgements on the texts being studied in order to present information to a wider audience.

8. Reference all reading sources correctly, and to construct an accompanying bibliography.

Module information

Syllabus

Vocabulary of Drama
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night or The Tempest
Shaw's Pygmalion
Vocabulary of Poetry
Introduction to Romanticism: Burns, Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Wordsworth
World War I poetry: Owen, Rosenberg, Sassoon, Thomas
Comparisons with Modern Poetry: Heaney, Hughes, Larkin, Plath
Vocabulary of Prose Fiction
Background to the Novel
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Modern and contemporary short stories: Angela Carter, Raymond Carver, Roald Dahl, Alasdair Gray, Kazuo Ishiguro
Contemporary poetry: Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Kathleen Jamie, Paul Muldoon, Daljit Nagra, Alice Oswald
Performance Poetry: Patience Agbabi, John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lemn Sissay, Kate Tempest, George the Poet, Dave.


Assessment

Formative assessment
In the Autumn Term students are asked watch an online version of one of the set texts. The students are then invited to write a review of the performance and compare it with their own reading of the play. These reviews are sent to the Module Leader by e-mail and feedback is provided. This is useful preparation for the essay due in week 17.

Summative assessment
- An on-line close-reading, open book exercise (7.5%)
- A written assignment of 1,500 words (15%)
- An on-line audio-visual Project Presentation of approximately 15 minutes, with a portfolio component of 1,000 words (22.5%) This will be pre-recorded by the student and submitted online via FASER.
- Participation mark (5%) – based on short tasks throughout Autumn and Spring. these can be set up: in class; on Moodle and responded to on Moodle Forum; and/or by e-mail.
- Take home exam (50%) - essay questions based on the texts covered over the duration of the module.


Reassessment strategy

Failed coursework
Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which will be marked as 100% of the new module mark. The reassessment task will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competences to study at undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available to you via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.

This module is delivered using a ‘blended’ approach that involves a range of teaching methods. There will be four hours of directed teaching and learning per week over 22 weeks and each week’s instruction will consist of a mixture of live ‘synchronous’ and recorded ‘asynchronous’ delivery. In addition, there will be an expectation that students undertake the guided set-reading and research necessary for their modules.

Asynchronous Delivery

The asynchronous aspects of the delivery are an evolution of the traditional University lecture and primarily focus on the sharing of academic theory and concepts to ensure students develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the discipline and cultivate an appreciation of relevant and current research in the subject area. This material will be made available to students via Moodle and will usually include essential and further reading, pre-recorded knowledge casts and some online, interactive activities that can be undertaken independently. Unlike traditional, timetabled lectures, the asynchronous aspects of the blended delivery provide students with the freedom and flexibility to learn at their own time, pace and convenience, each week. To ensure students can take advantage of this flexibility, materials will be released to the students in good time. In order for the students to benefit the most from the timetabled seminars, it is essential that students complete the necessary directed and guided learning before the event.

Synchronous Delivery

The synchronous elements of the teaching and learning will follow the structure of traditional university seminars. These may be delivered either face to face, on campus, or remotely via electronic means. The seminars provide students the opportunity to apply, and reflect upon what they have learned from the asynchronous delivery and guided study, and aim to bring the knowledge and understanding ‘to life’ by relating it to current issues and practice. In seminars students will develop skills of application, analysis and problem solving through a variety of activities including quizzes, problem scenarios and essay-style questions. Whether students are attending seminars remotely, or on campus, these will be scheduled at a weekly set-time, for the duration of the module and will appear in the timetable.

Bibliography*

  • Wells, Stanley; Orlin, Lena Cowen. (2003) Shakespeare: an Oxford guide, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Shakespeare, William. (1949) Twelfth night: or, What you will, Cambridge: University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   IA111 - Participation    10% 
Coursework   IA111 - Essay 1,500 words    30% 
Coursework   IA111 - Project and Audio-Visual Presentation    45% 
Written Exam  IA111 - Close-reading exercise    15% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Mandy Bannerman, email: mbanner@essex.ac.uk.
Mandy Bannerman
Becky Humphreys (becky.humphreys@essex.ac.uk or 01206 872217)

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 222 hours, 220 (99.1%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Essex Pathways

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