Anatomy of a Text: Literature
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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We read books, watch films and listen to music in order to relax. But during these experiences, we are anything but ‘switched off’. What happens to us while we are reading, watching or listening? How do these artworks – these texts – affect our thoughts and emotions, and how do we make meaning out of them? What can fictions tell us about the human condition that mere facts cannot? How do texts help us to construct our understanding of relationships, of communities, and of conflict? On this module, you will learn to read reflectively and analytically through a close study of novels, plays, poems and song lyrics. We will begin with Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, an ‘alternate world’ parable in which the topical issue of cloning is used to investigate what it means to be human, and to be in love. Moving from prose to drama, we will explore Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing both by reading the text and by watching modern stage and screen adaptations. The second half of the module will focus on poems and song lyrics from the 19th to the 21st century, enabling you to hone your skills in reading and appreciating poetry. Authors studied will include William Wordsworth, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and Lady Gaga. From ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ to ‘Hallelujah’, we will investigate what makes great literature so great.
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in literature and the enthusiasm to take that interest further. It operates as part of the Inside Narratives pathway, and will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that will help you to study other courses in the pathway.
Learning and Teaching
This course consists of nine units divided into themes. Each unit comprises a 2-hour face-to-face session between 7pm and 9pm. These sessions will include lectures, class discussions and group-work, source analysis activities and exercises to develop your academic skills. There will also be an opportunity for learning outside of the classroom, facilitated by the university’s Virtual learning Environment, Learning Central.
Coursework and Assessment
Students will be expected to complete two pieces of assessed work: a 600-word analysis of a short piece of text, and a 1200-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for both assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.
Essential Course Texts
- Dylan Thomas, A Dylan Thomas Treasury: Poems, Stories and Broadcasts (London: Orion, 2012)
- Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (London, 2005)
- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, ed. Claire McEachern (London, 2007) [Any edition of the play can be used, though the Arden is recommended.]
Photocopies will be provided for the poems that we will be reading.
- C. Cox and Warner, D. (Eds.) Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (New York: Continuum, 2006)
- Gabriele Griffin, Difference in View: Women and Modernism (London; Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis, 1994)
- Nicholas Marsh, How to Begin Studying English Literature (Basingstoke, 2002)
- John Peck and Martin Coyle, A Brief History of English Literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002)
- John Peck and Martin Coyle, How to Study a Shakespeare Play 2nd edn.(Basingstoke: Palgrave 1995)
- Michael H. Levenson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cf.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.