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ENGL 100/6.0 Introduction to Literary Study

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    ENGL (core) / MDVL (supporting) / Con-Ed Teaching Subject (English).
Course Instructor: Dr Peter Lowe - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This course is available in:   Fall and Winter terms (Full year course.)
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   None

Literature is about telling stories - stories we tell about ourselves and our cultures that help us understand who we are and where we come from. Studying literature gives us a better sense of why we tell these stories.


Course Highlights:

This course looks at writers and texts quite literally from Ancient Greece to the present day. It will cover as diverse and varied a range of material as it possibly can with the time allowed, so there really should be something for everyone!

You will examine ideas and language to better understand form and content.

Be active in your learning! Course ELOs allow you to visit locations connected to the course content and meet writers and practitioners to discuss their work, ideas and creative processes.

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ENGL100/6.0 Introduction to Literary Study

An introduction to literary study, with an emphasis on the formal analysis of a diverse range of poetry and prose. Specific content and approach vary from section to section, but all sections share the goals of developing sensitivity to genre, cultivating writing skills, and providing students with a set of literary terms and critical techniques as a foundation for further literary study.

Learning Outcomes

This course supplies a foundation for further courses in English, and draws upon a range of texts and genres to explore English literature. Novels, plays, and poems will be studied, with a focus on developing ‘close reading’ skills that will enhance your enjoyment of a text and give you the tools to analyse and critique the works you read in future, whether for academic study or your own pleasure.  By reading carefully, thinking at length about the formal properties and content of the texts, and learning how to draft and edit written work students will acquire skills that are held in high regard not just in academic circles but in the workplace as well.

Alongside some of the most famous names in the English canon – Shakespeare, the Romantic poets, Dickens, Oscar Wilde, and T. S. Eliot – we will look at some lesser-known authors to see how the richness of the English literary tradition has developed over the centuries.  Making use of our location in the southern part of England, topics such as the nature of ‘Englishness’, Imperialism and Colonialism, the threat of invasion from overseas, and the relationship between the modern city and the natural landscape will be explored.  The course is not a strictly chronological survey of English literature, but texts have been selected both to compliment each other and to address particular aspects of their respective genres and historical periods.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Examples of previous ELOs include a walking tour of Paris to study 19th century writers such as Charles Baudelaire while walking the same boulevards he would have frequented, guest presentations by authors Laura Elkin and Amamda Craig and a visit to nearby Charleston House for their short story festival.

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