Tackling Text: Explaining Style - LING3070

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Canterbury
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Jeremy Scott checkmark-circle

Overview

The module introduces students to the study of Stylistics as a systematic way to explore and analyse literary texts. Particular aspects of the structure of English will be related to literary texts from the three main genre. The first block considers linguistic choice and its relation to style and meaning, the levels of language, sound meaning and effect in poetry and figurative language and metaphor; the second block examines style and style variation in prose fiction, point of view and speech and thought presentation; the third block examines conversational structure and character, discourse structure and strategies, and impoliteness and characterisation in drama text. The lectures introduce theoretical and methodological material and the seminars enable the student to produce their own analyses with reference to specific stylistic features.

Details

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Essay 1 (1,000 words) – 15%
Essay 2 (1,500 words) – 25%
Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

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

1 Select and apply precise stylistic strategies to analyse poetry, prose and drama texts;
2 Analyse the linguistic and stylistic choices a writer makes to create meaning and effect programme outcomes;
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnections between English literature and language;
4 Critically evaluate theories of stylistics;
5 Develop strategies towards more effective close reading of poetry, prose and drama texts.

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

1 Communicate the results of study and work accurately, with well-structured and coherent arguments;
2 Demonstrate their ability to undertake independent learning, by taking initiative, being organised and meeting deadlines;
3 Demonstrate high sensitivity to the nuances of the written word;
4 Reflect on and identify interdisciplinary and/or transferable skills.

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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