Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
27 March 2019


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),
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),
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),
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

Extend and enrich your skills of close reading and critical analysis, essential to success in studying literature at university. Working with varied examples of poetry, prose and drama from all periods, this module enables you to develop your critical skills, and expand your technical vocabulary for discussing literature. For those students who are studying creative writing, being your own first reader and editor is a crucial aspect of becoming a writer, so this module is absolutely central to BA Creative Writing as well as to Literature.

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.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide students with the skills to analyse a piece of text and to offer a critical reflection on its contents. It encourages students to reflect consciously and critically on the processes engaged when reading a book, or watching a play or a film.

Module learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

1. have developed their critical skills and expanded their technical vocabulary for analysing and discussing literature

2. have acquired and practised the foundational critical skills for literary study and analysis

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

A two-hour seminar each week.


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 Formative: Close analysis of one of TWO extracts (700-1000 words) 28/10/2019 0%
Coursework Essay Plan (700-1,000 words) 11/11/2019 40%
Coursework Essay (1,500 words) 03/01/2020 55%
Practical Participation 5%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Prof Duncan James Salkeld
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Available via Moodle
Of 100 hours, 78 (78%) hours available to students:
22 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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