HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE II - 2021/2
Module code: ELI1022
This module introduces students to the main periods in literary history from Romanticism to Postmodernism by examining some key texts from these periods. Students will study texts in English from the Romantic and Victorian periods and from modernism and postmodernism. Throughout the module students will learn to interpret literature by focusing on aspects of its historical (including social and cultural) context, and to consider the interplay between historical background and texts. How does historical change and how do specific historical events impact on the production and reception of literature? What distinguishes imaginative literature from other textual historical documents? Students will also be encouraged to reflect on the academic practice of dividing history into key ‘moments’: the ‘politics’ of periodization, in other words. At what point does one period end and another begin? Why have literary critics chosen to mark the parameters of certain literary-historical periods as they have? While the focus is on English literature, the module will explore the increasingly multicultural dimension of English literary history in the modern period. Lectures will introduce students to key features of the literary period in question, to theoretical concepts which have proved useful in historicist approaches to literary criticism, and provide readings of set literary texts from a historical perspective. Seminars will enable students to discuss issues raised in the lectures and secondary reading and their own interpretations of the set texts. By enabling students to gain the critical skills and knowledge required to study literature historically this module will provide a foundation for their study of literature in levels 2 and 3.
School of Literature and Languages
DOVE Danielle (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 100
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 67
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 50
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
The Politics of Periodisation: Romanticism to Postmodernism:
· Romantic Poetry
· Victorian Prose Fiction
· Postmodernism & ‘Historiographic Metafiction’
· Contemporary Responses to History
|Unit of assessment
|ESSAY (2500 WORDS)
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.
Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills independent learning, time management, the ability to structure and communicate complex arguments in writing and effective oral communication. It also assesses subject knowledge in historical and cultural developments in the chosen literary periods, the set primary texts and their historical contexts, key terminology and literary criticism, and cognitive/analytical skills in researching, interpreting, and evaluating sources, debates, and ideas
The essay assesses subject knowledge in historical and cultural developments in the chosen literary periods, the set primary texts and their historical contexts, key terminology and literary criticism; cognitive/analytical skills in researching, interpreting, and evaluating sources, debates, and ideas; and transferable skills in independent learning, time management, the ability to structure and communicate complex arguments in writing.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 2500 word essay (deadline in summer assessment period)
Formative assessment and feedback
500-word essay plan (250 words) and literature review (250 words) (deadline after the Easter break). Note that the essay plan and literature review provide material and feed-forward feedback for the final essay.
- Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback in seminar
- In addition, all students receive ongoing verbal feedback in seminars that informs the final summative assessments.
- To help students acquire a knowledge of knowledge of key periods in English literature from Romanticism to Modernism;
- To help students gain critical skills in analyzing literary texts from a historical perspective in relation to the writer's role in mediating historical events;
- To introduce a range of critical and theoretical approaches useful to literary-historical study;
- Analyse critically a varied selection of texts by a range of writers making use of specific reading strategies and theoretical concepts;
- Critically assess concepts of literary tradition, canon and periodization;
- To help students to think and learn independently, and to manage and organise their time efficiently;
- To train students to research and evaluate sources, debates, and ideas, and to communicate their conclusions clearly and accurately in writing;
- To enable students to discuss, debate, and exchange complex ideas as part of a group.
|A broad knowledge of some key historical and cultural developments in the chosen literary periods
|A good knowledge of the set primary texts and their historical contexts
|An awareness of how specific works of literature and developments in literary form are influenced by and help shape moments and events in history
|An understanding of key terms and concepts which can be used to analyse literary texts of the period, such as subjectivity, the poetic voice, epiphany, stream of consciousness, ‘historiographic metafiction'
|An awareness of the complexities of literary periodisation in acts of literary criticism and the use of concepts such as ‘tradition', the ‘canon
|The capacity to research, interpret, and evaluate sources, debates, and ideas
|Skills in independent learning and time management
|The ability to structure and communicate complex arguments in writing;
|Skills for effective oral communication.
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical and professional skills. Specifically, the weekly lectures deliver subject knowledge related to the historicisation of literature from Romanticism to Postmodernism, and develop cognitive/analytical skills in analysing, interpreting, and evaluating sources, debates, and ideas within a historical context. The weekly seminars offer student-led discussions that develop skills in communication and in working individually and as a group. The seminars also provide students with instruction on planning and implementing timetables, on conducting research in an organised and critical fashion, and on presenting ideas coherently under time constraint.
This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 4 students are introduced to subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop transferable, practical and professional skills, with an introduction to student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion and rhetorical ability.
The learning and teaching methods include lecture content, seminars, captured content, guided learning and independent learning, as well as revision/essay writing 1-1 appointments in week 12.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|English Literature BA (Hons)
|A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
|A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
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