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Undergraduate Course: Literary Studies 1A (ENLI08020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Literary Studies 1B (ENLI08021)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements AH/A level English or Scottish Literature or equivalent.
Additional Costs Course Texts
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 163 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Close-reading exercise 1: poetry (1,600 words) 50%;
Close-reading exercise 2: drama (1,600 words) 50%
Feedback Autonomous Learning Group activities (weekly) LO 1, 2, 3, 4; Weekly individual preparation exercises LO 1, 2, 3, 4.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and define the key technical terms used to analyse poetry and drama.
  2. Produce critical close readings that show understanding of genre, varieties of form, and literary critical terms relevant to poetry and drama.
  3. Critically evaluate how writers use literary forms for different effects by paying attention to rhetorical detail and providing textual evidence.
  4. 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.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication skills (verbal and written); interpersonal skills; critical thinking; team working; independent learning and development.
Additional Class Delivery Information 2 one-hour Lectures per week, plus one-hour tutorial.
KeywordsLiterary studies,poetry,drama,close reading,technical language
Course organiserDr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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