Literary Forms - EN336

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 30 (15) DR S James




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Literary Forms aims to introduce students to the major forms of literature: poetry, prose and drama, with a core emphasis on innovation. Students will examine the formal structures and generic features of these major forms and, through studying specific examples, observe how these forms change over time and in response to changes in authorship, literary production, and audience/readership. Embedded in this module will also be the development of writing and research skills that will equip students to manage successfully the transition from A-level to university study in the field of English and American Literature.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

This module will be taught through lectures and seminars.
Contact hours: 52 hours
Private Study Hours: 248
Total: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Coursework: Assignment 1 (20%): close-reading exercise (1,500 words), Assignment 2 (30%): a research essay (2,500 words)
Exam: 2-hour examination (50%)

Indicative reading

Behn, Aphra, Oroonoko
Shakespeare, William, The Tempest
Woolf, Virginia, Mrs Dalloway
Kanafani, Ghassan, Return to Haifa

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 identify specific literary forms (e.g. poetry, narrative prose, drama), their structures and principles, related terminology, and the potential complexities of each form;
2 understand the relationship between form and meaning: that is, how literary forms shape and constrain meaning/s and interpretation/s; how literary forms evoke particular affects and/or ideologies;
3 understand the historical and cultural specificity of literary forms and how these change over time and across different locations (e.g. national contexts);
4 write critically, creatively, and comparatively about literary forms from different historical and cultural contexts.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 identify and apply strategies of reading relevant to the material they encounter;
2 apply close reading techniques to a range of literary forms, and to make complex comparisons between them;
3 begin self-directed research, and evaluate and creatively deploy secondary critical and theoretical perspectives;
4 construct original, articulate, and well-substantiated arguments;
5 manage their time and workload effectively.

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