An introduction to literature: fiction and poetry
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HLT04
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course explores poetry and prose. There will be a selection of poetry from the 19th and 20th centuries, including Alfred Lord Tennyson, Emily Bronte, Gillian Clarke, Sophie Hannah and Simon Armitage. Prose texts include The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West and The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
All texts will be read and discussed in terms of structure, characterisation, technique, historical and cultural context and their appeal or success as literary texts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-Read and discuss texts in terms of literary criteria
-Place texts studied into a clear historical and cultural context
-Identify key aspects of the work of the selected writers.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The level of the course is introductory. No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However,
learners will, ideally, need the following skills and attributes:
An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class.
An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.
A commitment to acquiring and developing ways of understanding how writers use language to achieve effect.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A variety of teaching methods will be used including tutor input, large and small group discussion, video/dvd and
readings. You will be asked to read the text before the relevant class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Copies of the poems will be supplied. You need to obtain and read the following texts:
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy,
The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please see HLT184 Exploring Literature: an introduction to poetry
Please also see our range of Literature courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature on the website at www.citylit.ac.uk.
Dr Siv Jansson has worked at a range of institutions in the UK and overseas, including Imperial College, The Open University, Royal Holloway (University of London), the University of Greenwich, and Middlesex University, and the University of Auckland. Siv's specialism is English literature, where she has extensive teaching, research and publication experience. She was Literary Advisor on the BBC drama, 'To Walk Invisible' (2016).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.