Reading, Thinking, Writing
Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Michael Durrant
Overall aims and purpose
To introduce students to the skills in literary and critical interpretation that will be required for degree level study in the School of English Literature..
To introduce or reinforce skills in prosody.
To introduce students to a range of text and theory-based reading strategies (these may include, for example, New Criticism, post-structuralism, ideological criticism, psychoanalytical, postcolonial or feminist criticism, literary geography, material cultures, the ‘male gaze’ and queer theory) which challenge and broaden students’ approaches to texts.
To sharpen and practise students’ skills in textual analysis, as well as learn to read in ways that uncover meanings they never knew were there.
5.To develop research, reading and writing skills
The course will be an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to the reading of literature; the integration of close textual study and critical/theoretical approaches, as the foundation for all other modules in the School; practical development of skills of literary commentary, essay writing, and critical discussion.
Typically, work graded B- to B+ (or 60 to 69) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas adeptly • Most of the arguments about a specific field are well-aired • Displays knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is relevant • Shows analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of relevant reading • Shows accuracy in expression with mastery over language. • A few minor errors here and there. • Signs of creative thought deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: shows signs of originality, having understood the requirements of the medium • Plans of well-balanced and full answers, despite some gaps
Typically, work graded A- to A** (or 70 to 100) will show many of the following qualities:
• Discusses ideas with confidence and precision • Demonstrates maturity and sophistication • Displays deep knowledge of the subject in question; the answer is totally relevant • Shows independent, analytical and clear thought • Gives evidence of substantial and relevant reading • Shows great accuracy in expression, displaying total mastery over all aspects of the language • Shows occasional signs of brilliance and originality of thought • In creative work: displays considerable originality • Command over medium; may have potential for publication/production
Typically, work graded D- to D+ (or 40 to 49) will show many of the following qualities: • Unsure and lacking in confidence when discussing ideas • Referring to the subject in question in a superficial manner • Making an effort to provide fairly balanced answers • Some points in the argument irrelevant to the topic • Little evidence of background reading • Some uncertainty over language and syntax • Strengths and weaknesses fairly balanced; occasionally clumsy and unimaginative • In creative work: superficial • Not succeeding in mastering the requirements of the medium
identify in texts a range of linguistic and literary features
relate the meaning of a text to its formal and rhetorical aspects
understand some of the central ideas in contemporary critical theory
apply these concepts, both analytically and imaginatively, to the reading of literary texts.
demonstrate appropriate academic writing skills, including referencing and bibliography.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxe-1013.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- W890: BA Creative&Professional Writing year 1 (BA/CPW)
- 2P78: BA English Lit with Creative Writing with International Exp year 1 (BA/ECI)
- Q310: BA Eng Lit with Eng Lang year 1 (BA/ELEL)
- 3QV1: BA History and English Literature year 1 (BA/ELH)
- 09V3: BA English Literature and Italian year 1 (BA/ELI)
- 3YT5: BA English Literature and Spanish year 1 (BA/ELIS)
- 065C: BA English Literature with Journalism year 1 (BA/ELJ)
- 1Q3Q: BA Linguistics and English Literature year 1 (BA/ELL)
- QQC3: BA English Lang and Lit year 1 (BA/ELLIT)
- 32N6: BA English Literature and Music year 1 (BA/ELM)
- 32M8: BA English Literature with Theatre and Performance year 1 (BA/ELTP)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 1 (BA/ENC)
- 2P17: BA English Literature and Creative Writing year 1 (BA/ENCW)
- Q3Q2: BA English Language w English Lit year 1 (BA/ENGEL)
- 8H25: BA English Literature year 1 (BA/ENGL)
- 2D13: BA English Literature with Creative Writing year 1 (BA/ENGLC)
- 8H26: BA English Literature (with International Experience) year 1 (BA/ENIE)
- 06CD: BA French and English Literature year 1 (BA/FEL)
- 3P3Q: BA Film Studies and English Literature year 1 (BA/FSEL)
- 3N7S: BA German and English Literature year 1 (BA/GEL)
- Q1Q3: BA Ling with Eng Lit year 1 (BA/LEL)
- T124: BA English Literature & Chinese year 1 (BA/LITCH)
- 3HPQ: BA Media Studies and English Literature year 1 (BA/MEN)
- 3VQV: BA Philosophy and Religion and English Literature year 1 (BA/PREN)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 1 (BA/SEL)
- M115: LLB Law with English Literature (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/ILEL)
- M1QK: LLB Law with English Literature year 1 (LLB/LWEL)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 1 (MARTS/ELCW)
- Q320: MArts English Literature year 1 (MARTS/ELIT)