Undergraduate Course: Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to offer a space in which students can begin to explore what reading literature at university level entails. Students will be invited to explore different models of authorship, readership and textuality, in order to reflect on how meaning is produced in the genres of poetry and drama. For example, how do we identify metre and rhythm? What do terms like 'caesura' and 'parallelis' mean, and what are they used for? In drama there is a big difference between reading a play on the page and seeing it performed on a stage - how do we get from one to the other? This course will explore the key terms and concepts needed to address such questions and enable students to read previously unseen texts confidently at a first reading.
On this course you will be encouraged to develop your close-reading skills in two of the core literary genres - poetry and drama. You will acquire the key specialist terminology associated with each genre through the study of the technical vocabulary you need to identify and explain how a literary text engages with accepted conventions. While some texts will be studied in full, lectures and tutorials will draw on a variety of examples by writers from diverse backgrounds to ensure you are introduced to some key concepts in literary criticism (e.g., formalism, performativity) and are encouraged to reflect on how diverse experiences and context affect the discussion of authorship and readership. Lectures will provide you with appropriate terminology and demonstrate how this is used in practice; to consolidate your understanding, you will undertake regular, formative exercises both individually and in small groups to prepare for broader discussion in weekly hour-long tutorials and engage with quizzes that will test your acquisition of technical vocabulary. In your final assessments, you will be expected to demonstrate how you can reflect upon and apply what you have learned by submitting two close readings for summative assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Co-requisites|| Students MUST also take:
Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021)
||Other requirements|| AH/A level English or Scottish Literature or equivalent.
|Additional Costs|| Course Texts
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Close-reading exercise 1: poetry (1,500 words) 50%;
Close-reading exercise 2: drama (1,500 words) 50%
||Autonomous Learning Group activities (weekly) LO 1, 2, 3, 4; Weekly individual preparation exercises LO 1, 2, 3, 4.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify and define the key technical terms used to analyse poetry and drama.
- Produce critical close readings that show understanding of genre, varieties of form, and literary critical terms relevant to poetry and drama.
- Critically evaluate how writers use literary forms for different effects by paying attention to rhetorical detail and providing textual evidence.
- Identify and explicate some of the methods used by literary or cultural critics to examine formal issues and to link a work's form to its content.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Communication skills (verbal and written); interpersonal skills; critical thinking; team working; independent learning and development.
|Keywords||Literary studies,poetry,drama,close reading,technical language
|Course organiser||Dr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
|Course secretary||Ms Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619