Ewch i’r prif gynnwys

Inside Literature

Nid oes modd cadw lle ar y cwrs hwn ar hyn o bryd

Nid oes dyddiadau ar gael ar gyfer y cwrs hwn ar hyn o bryd. Byddwch y cyntaf i gael gwybod pan gyhoeddir dyddiadau newydd trwy ymuno â’r rhestr bostio..

What can fictions tell us about the truths of the human condition that mere facts cannot? How do texts help us to construct our understanding of our society and where its future lies? On this module, we will explore the way texts imagine and challenge the human tendency to overreach. You will learn to read reflectively and analytically through a close study of novels, plays, poems and short stories. We will begin with extracts from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) and will trace the way developments in science, technology and knowledge are entwined with the hunger for power. We will then turn to the play Dr Faustus, Christopher Marlowe's exploration of temptation and bargaining with the soul, and Coleridge's nightmarish story of 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner'. After exploring some apocalyptic short fiction, from E. M. Forster and Daphne du Maurier, the second half of the course will compare Aldous Huxley's vision of humanity's future in Brave New World with Margaret Atwood's speculative predictions in Oryx and Crake. Some may say we now live in a 'post truth' society, but that truth is very much open to interpretation.

Syllabus Content and Reading

Week 1 Introduction: Overreaching in Science and Technology: Extracts from Frankenstein Week 2 The Price of the Soul: Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (1604/1616) Week 3 Doctor Faustus Week 4 Romantic Nightmares: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' (1798) and Lord Byron, 'Darkness' (1816) Week 5 Twentieth Century Apocalypse: E. M. Forster, 'The Machine Stops' (1909) and Daphne du Maurier, 'The Birds' (1952) Week 6 Visions of the Future I: Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932) Week 7 Brave New World Week 8 Visions of the Future II: Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003) Week 9 Oryx and Crake and conclusions Photocopies of poems and short stories will be provided. Any edition is acceptable for each text, except for Doctor Faustus, where the Norton Critical Edition is recommended.

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.

Dysgu ac addysgug

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.

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Students will be expected to complete three pieces of assessed work: a 250-word reflective piece, a 500-word analysis of a short piece of text, and a 750-word essay. Advice and support will be provided for all three assignments and you will receive detailed feedback relating to strengths and areas for improvement on both pieces of work.

Deunydd darllen awgrymedig

  • 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)
  • Michael H. Levenson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)

Cyfleusterau llyfrgell a chyfrifiadura

Fel myfyriwr ar y cwrs hwn, mae gennych hawl i ymuno â llyfrgell a chyfleusterau cyfrifiadurol y Brifysgol a’u defnyddio. Rhagor o wybodaeth am ddefnyddio’r cyfleusterau hyn.


Ein nod yw sicrhau mynediad i bawb. Rydym yn anelu at roi cyngor cyfrinachol a gwasanaeth cefnogol i unrhyw fyfyriwr sydd â chyflwr meddygol hir dymor, anabledd neu anhawster dysgu penodol. Gallwn gynnig cyngor un i un am anabledd a threfnu ymweliadau cyn cofrestru, cysylltu gyda thiwtoriaid a darlithwyr, trefnu deunydd mewn fformatau eraill, rheoli trefniadau cyrsiau hygyrch a threfniadau asesiadau, benthyg offer a sgrinio ar gyfer dyslecsia.


21-23 Ffordd Senghennydd
CF24 4AG