ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION - 2021/2
Module code: ELIM009
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This is a level 7 compulsory module for English Literature. Worth 60 credits out of the 180 total credits required for the MA, this module provides students with the opportunity to explore the challenges of producing a sizeable, polished and cohesive work of literary studies. This dissertation may be a study of an author, a theme or trope, a period, a genre, a theoretical approach or a series of related texts. Each student will be assigned a tutor who will assist them in choosing their subject matter and literary approach, and who will provide advice, encouragement and formative feedback over the course of the writing process, as well as suggesting relevant reading material which may help inspire or critically locate the project. The tutor will also help with time management and planning, and will offer guidance on producing a dissertation that is both critically-informed and theoretically-sophisticated. This module also allows students to reflect at length on the project’s relationship to other work of literary criticism in the field, and to locate the work productively in theoretical, historical and cultural contexts. This module is compulsory.
School of Literature and Languages
MOONEY Stephen (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: Q320
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
The content of the module depends in each case on the specific subject, analysis of a literary period, theme, trope, genre, author, etc. as chosen by the student in consultation with their tutor.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||MA ENGLISH LITERATURE DISSERTATION (15000 WORDS)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
- the development in their critical writing skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres
- their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production
- their development of research and writing skills
- productive and informed critical reflection on both critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
End of Academic Year MA English Literature Dissertation (15,000 words). (100%)
Formative assessment and feedback
Verbal feedback in tutorial sessions on the secondary reading covered and the research context explored, as well as written and/or oral feedback on one piece of critical writing (maximum of 2000 words), leading up to, and informing, the summative assessment at the end of the module.
- Produce a considerable body of highly-accomplished analysis of a literature subject
- Reflect on and engage with the specific challenges of methodology in literary studies
- Identify the specific theoretical challenges posed by a project of this kind, and to reflect on and engage with these challenges
- Build confidence in critical analysis and close reading in a well-informed and productive way
- Develop theoretically-informed critical writing, as well as the processes of editing and rewriting the argument, analysis and investigation
- Engage in independent guided research, exploring the history of the form, genre, mode and/or literary techniques, as well as the key critical and theoretical issues raised by their project
|001||Produced a sizable analysis of a topic in the field of English Literature||KC|
|002||Developed more advanced independent research skills||CP|
|003||Increased familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and confidence in using critical and theoretical language||CPT|
|004||Developed an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in the MA dissertation||KP|
|005||Gained experience in drawing on their own critical thinking to enhance their skills of literary analysis||CT|
|006||Gained experience in being able to reflect lucidly and in an informed manner on their critical goals and how they have attempted to achieve them.||CT|
|007||Gained experience in planning, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale project in English literary studies||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Hone and develop students’ critical skills in analyzing texts from a range of genres: prose, fiction, poetry, drama, etc by developing their familiarity with a range of literary techniques and devices, and confidence in using critical and theoretical language
- Assist students in locating literary texts in historical and cultural contexts, and to familiarize themselves with the history of literary production by developing in them an in-depth knowledge of the literary, theoretical and historical contexts relevant to the work in the MA dissertation
- Equip students with the research and writing skills they will need to produce critically informed analyses of literary texts and engage with contemporary literary criticism by developing their experience in drawing on their own critical thinking to enhance their skills of literary analysis, and by developing more advanced independent research skills
- Facilitate in students productive reflection on both the critical and political agendas of literary studies and on their own place within theoretical positions by developing their abilities in reflecting lucidly and in an informed manner on their critical goals and how they have attempted to achieve them, in planning, writing, rewriting and editing a large-scale project in English literary studies, and in producing a sizable analysis of a topic in the field of English Literature
The learning and teaching methods include:
Single-student tutorials, the exact timing of which, over the course of the year, is to be agreed between student and tutor.
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 MA(YEAR LONG)||Year-long||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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