Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Maureen McCue
By the end of this module, students will have a deeper understanding of a range of Jane Austen’s works, as well as these texts’ relationship with their historical and cultural contexts. Students will also become familiar with a range of critical scholarship concerning Austen's works, thereby enabling students to respond to these texts in a more critically engaged and nuanced way. Finally, through seminar discussions and the planning and submission of coursework, this module will support the development of the students’ skills in close reading and literary analysis; written and oral communication; independent research; and time management.
Having likened her own writing process to the work of a miniature portrait painter, Jane Austen’s novels pay minute attention to the material details of everyday life in order to raise questions about individual and collective identities. Rather than presenting domestic spaces, practices and concerns as separate from the wider public sphere, Austen uses material culture to explore the complex relationship between the individual’s private and public selves. In particular, Austen engages with contemporary debates surrounding ‘Taste’, art (including literature, music and the visual arts) and politeness to explore the ways in which the interior lives and moral development of her characters are shaped by social expectations. By analysing a range of Austen’s novels alongside extracts from a selection contemporary texts (such as novels, poetry, reviews and art manuals), this module will enable students to explore the relationship between the private self and the social world, and to examine Austen’s own literary choices and techniques.
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 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
C- i C+
C- to C+
Typically, work graded C- to C+ (or 50 to 59) will show many of the following qualities: • Discusses ideas, but without much confidence • A respectable effort but not showing any unusual talent; a few flashes of originality here and there • Makes reference to the subject in question, but some important matters not mentioned • Fairly clear thought on most occasions, and the arguments relevant on the whole • Evidence of having read some works associated with the field in question • Quite accurate expression, though the points may sometimes be presented clumsily • Signs of conscientious work deserve a higher position within the class • In creative work: not having quite mastered the requirements of the medium • Evidence of planning in the answers, but a lack of coherence at times; undisciplined and unsure at times
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
To relate the texts to their original literary and cultural contexts.
To analyse critically Austen’s literary techniques, and their impact on the development of the novel.
To identify the ways in which Austen engages with material culture in order to explore the complex relationship between the individual and society
To select, digest and organise material and produce a consistent and coherent argument, presented in written form, to a deadline.
To understand, evaluate, and implement a range of critical and theoretical approaches to Jane Austen’s texts and their contexts.
Over the course of the semester, students, in conversation with the module convenor, will devise their own essay title, conduct research and present their findings in a final essay.
In order to develop their final research project and as a way to test out some of their ideas, students will be asked to create a poster outlining the content of their research project. Although the cohort will be asked to display their posters together as a group, individuals will be examined based on the content of their work alone (submitted to Turnitin). This informal poster session will provide students with an opportunity to discuss their projects with their module convenor, other students and potentially other members of staff.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
One two-hour seminar per week for eleven weeks
During private study, students are expected to read the primary texts and relevant secondary critical works; prepare for seminars; and research and write their formative and summative coursework.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument in written and/or oral assignments and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
- Critical skills in the close reading, description, reasoning and analysis of primary and secondary sources in the target language and/or English or Welsh (incl. filmic, literary and other sources). (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15)
- Competence in the planning and execution of essays, presentations and other written and project work; bibliographic skills, including the accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions and appropriate style in the presentation of scholarly work. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.14, 5.15)
- The ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints and to place these in a wider socio-cultural and/or geo-historical and political and/or socio-linguistic context and to revise and re-evaluate judgements in light of those of the course leader, certain individuals or groups studied and/or fellow students. (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.15 and 5.16)
- The ability to write and think under pressure and meet deadlines. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
- The ability to write effective notes and access and manage course materials including electronic resources / information provided on online learning platforms and library resources. (Benchmark statement 5.15, 5.16)
- The ability to work creatively and flexibly both independently and/or as part of a team. (Benchmark statement 5.15).
- The ability to comprehend, critically engage with and apply relevant theoretical concepts to materials being studied. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
- The ability to engage in analytical, evaluative and original thinking. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
- The ability to organise and present ideas and arguments in presentations, classroom discussions and debates. (Benchmark statement 5.14, 5.16)
- The ability to develop and manage an independent research project in English/Welsh. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.15, 5.16)
- Skills in the critical reading and analysis of literary and/or musical and/or filmic texts. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Students will need to buy copies of the novels studied on this module, which may include *Pride and Prejudice*, *Emma*, *Sense and Sensibility* and *Persuasion*. All of these are available in affordable paperback editions, though the *Norton Critical editions* are recommended. Films may be screened as part of the module.
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxe-3020.html
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