Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA W800 Creative Writing,
BA W801 Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA W803 Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA W808 Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ392 Creative Writing,
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ32 Film Studies and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PQ38 Film Studies and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA QW26 Film Studies and Literature,
BA QW27 Film Studies and Literature (Including Placement Year),
MLITQ391 Literature,
BA QRF9 Literature and Modern Languages,
BA Q2R9 Literature with Modern Languages,
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ393 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA Q210 English and Comparative Literature,
BA Q211 English and Comparative Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The focus of this module is to hone and practise the foundational critical skills that will underpin the rest of your literary studies: firstly, that of analysing a text 'up-close', and in forensic detail; and secondly, using that material as evidence in an argument, which is an essential component of essay-writing, or to better comprehend and explain the construction of a given piece of writing which is crucial to any creative writer.

This module will enable you to develop your critical skills through close textual analysis. It will help you develop a critical toolkit for interpreting texts, provide you with technical vocabulary and ultimately give you invaluable expertise for the study of novels, poems, plays, films and journalism.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with skills to analyse a piece of text and to offer a critical reflection on its contents.
It will encourage you to reflect consciously and critically on the processes that we all engage in every time we read a book, poem, essay or article or watch a play or a film.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you will be expected to:

1. Have developed your critical skills and expanded your technical vocabulary for analysing and discussing literature

2. Have acquired and practised foundational critical skills for literary and textual study and analysis.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

For 2020-21, we will offer a mixture of tailored online, digital, and campus-based teaching where it may be possible and as appropriate, along with personalised one-to-one consultation with academic staff.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Online Portfolio     20% 
Coursework   Formative: Close analysis of one of TWO extracts (700-1000 words)    0% 
Coursework   Essay Plan (500 - 750 words)    30% 
Coursework   Essay (1,500 words)    45% 
Practical   Participation    5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jak Peake, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Prof Duncan James Salkeld
University of Chichester
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Available via Moodle
Of 100 hours, 80 (80%) hours available to students:
20 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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