Approaches to Reading module (EN12014)

Explore literary interpretation through reading poems, plays, and novels from different time periods alongside works of literary theory.

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This module provides insight into the strengths and weaknesses of differing theories of literary interpretation. You will have the opportunity to read poems, plays, and novels from a variety of historical periods together with works of literary theory while exploring weekly topics such as Beginnings, Character, Satire, Love and Desire, Secrets, The Body, and Fear and Terror.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • be introduced to key ideas in literary theory
  • gain knowledge of specialist terms and vocabulary in English studies
  • develop confidence in reading complex literary texts
  • develop your own ideas and opinions in relation to literary theories
  • develop your writing and research skills
  • test your own ideas against established debates in the subject

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • confidently describe the strengths and weaknesses of differing theories of literary interpretation
  • correctly use and apply specialist subject knowledge
  • correctly use the MHRA referencing system
  • write essays that clearly and persuasively express your views

Assignments / assessment:

  • essay 2,000 words (50%)
  • essay 2,000 words (50%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable:

  • twice a week lectures
    • one hour duration
    • teaching staff will be present to explain the weekly topics and structure your learning through focusing on the key ideas and issues
  • weekly small group tutorials
    • one and a half hour duration
    • involves small group work and student discussion
    • you will be expected to prepare for tutorials with independent reading and study


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