Major Writers in English Literature
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
25 May 2023
Requisites for this module
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W408 Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QQ24 English Language and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA W628 Film Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV2C History and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV2H Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year),
BA QV3B Literature and Art History (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA VQ52 Philosophy and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA VQ58 Philosophy and Literature (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA P403 Film and Drama (Including Foundation Year),
BA V115 History and Drama (including Foundation Year),
LLB M1Q4 Law with Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WW81 Drama and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA P566 Film and Journalism (Including Foundation Year)
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.
The aims of this module are:
- To encourage students to develop interest and enjoyment in literary studies.
- To develop students' understanding of works in different genres, from different periods.
- To provide students with the opportunity to explore the relationship between literary form and expression.
- To enable students to think about the importance of the historical, literary and philosophical contexts of the text.
- To encourage students to express their responses effectively and with appropriate terminology.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:
- Communicate clearly the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to literary study, using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written or oral expression.
- Evaluate the significance of cultural, historical and other contextual influences on the literary texts being studied.
- Show a detailed understanding of the ways in which writers’ choice of form, structure and language shape meanings.
- Engage fully with the study of literature through the taking of lecture notes, participation in class discussion and the undertaking of independent study.
- Analyse assignment questions, research and construct a response using appropriate terminology, and in the suitable academic register.
- Analyse take-home exam questions and formulate an appropriate response using appropriate terminology, and in the suitable academic register.
- Articulate independent opinions and judgements on the texts being studied in order to present information to a wider audience.
- Reference all reading sources correctly and construct an accompanying bibliography.
Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)
By the end of this module, students will have practised the following transferable skills:
- Discussions in small groups and the chance to exchange opinions on a range of issues as they may be suggested in each text studied. It is hoped this will build confidence as students are encouraged to participate fully.
- Time management: keeping up with weekly tasks and meeting assignment deadlines.
- IT skills relating to undertaking the tasks set, i.e. the reading requirements, watching of performances online, researching authors, production of assignments and so on.
- Elements of reflective practice are present in engaging with feedback and in the reflective essay component of the Spring Term final assignment. It is hoped that this will contribute to the building of the students’ own ‘growth mindset’.
- Vocabulary of Drama.
- Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
- George Bernard 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.
- Andrea Levy Small Island.
- Modern and contemporary short stories: Angela Carter, Raymond Carver, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith.
- Contemporary poetry: Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Kathleen Jamie, Daljit Nagra, Alice Oswald.
- Performance Poetry: Patience Agbabi, John Cooper Clarke, Luke Wright, Benjamin Zephaniah, Lemn Sissay, Kae Tempest, George the Poet, Dave. that this will contribute to the building of the students’ own ‘growth mindset’.
This module will be delivered via:
- One 1-hour lecture per week.
- One 2-hour seminar per week.
- One 1-hour tutorial per week.
Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offer students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competencies to study at the undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.
Some class time may be dedicated to watching texts in performance via Drama Online and BOB Learning On Screen, available through our Library website.
Students are expected to prepare thoroughly for and participate fully in seminar discussions. All class materials will be made available to students on Moodle, including assessment details, links to set reading, slides from the lecture and weekly task sheets with discussion questions. There will also be an opportunity for guided exam practice before the end-of-the-year exam. This information will be made available on Moodle.
The majority of the primary texts we study are widely available online, or through a link with the Essex University Library, TALIS Aspire. Access to recordings of relevant texts will also be available to the students to enhance their enjoyment and comprehension of the texts being studied. This is particularly relevant to the study of performance in drama and in performance poetry. We will use resources such as Drama Online and BOB Learning On Screen. Students are offered one-to-one tutorials to support their preparation for assignments and to discuss feedback.
Silkin, J. (1998) Out of battle: the poetry of the Great War
. 2nd ed. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan Press. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=492103
Schiffer, J. (ed.) (2013) Twelfth Night: New Critical Essays
. Routledge. Available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780203724576
Shakespeare, W. (1949) Twelfth night: or, What you will
. [2nd ed.]. Cambridge: University Press. Available at: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38901
Shaw, B. and Ward, A.C. (no date) Pygmalion: a romance in five acts
. London: Longman Group, 1957. Available at: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3825
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
|IA111 - Online Module Diary
|IA111 - Online Project and Audio-Visual Presentation
|Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period)
|Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 180 minutes during September (Reassessment Period)
Additional coursework information
- In the Autumn Term, students will be asked to compile a Module Diary via Moodle. They will be asked to make weekly entries which reflect their engagement with the reading material and discussions in class, guided by set questions. Formative feedback will be given in weeks 5 and 8. Students will have a chance to edit previous entries before final submission for assessment in week 11.
- An online Module Diary (800-1,000 words). This will consist of a collection of weekly entries in a Journal in which students can reflect on their individual responses to the texts being studied.
- An online audio-visual Project Presentation of approximately 15 minutes, with a portfolio component of 1,000 words. This will be pre-recorded by the student and submitted online via FASER.
- A 3-hour in-person, open book (restricted) exam - essay questions based on the texts covered over the duration of the module.
- Failed exam - Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with the existing coursework mark to create a new module mark.
- Failed coursework - Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which is re-aggregated with the existing exam mark to create a new module mark. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.
- Failed exam and coursework - Resit the exam and resubmit one piece of coursework (1,500 words) to be aggregated to create a new module mark.
Exam format definitions
- Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
- In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
- In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary,
for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.
Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Mandy Bannerman, email: email@example.com.
Becky Humphreys (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01206 872217)
Ms Linda Hurley
University of Southampton
Senior Teaching Fellow
Available via Moodle
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