What is the course about?
Discover the basic tools and techniques used to analyse poetry and prose. You will read and discuss a wide range of poetry and prose.
What will we cover?
The course will introduce two main topics: poetry and the short story.
Poetry: A non-intimidating introduction to the enjoyment and analysis of poetry! Studying a variety of poems we will learn about the key aspects of poetic form and explore how the meanings of poems are communicated.
The novel: we will read and discuss 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster
The short story: In this part of the course we will ask: what is distinctive about the short story, and how have writers used the form of the short story to create different effects? Again, we will take a broad historical sweep, discussing important and acclaimed practitioners of the form.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Read and discuss literary texts with confidence and in an informed manner
• Use critical terms and approaches to explore how literature works
• Interpret narrative voice, structure and symbolism in prose fiction
• Understand and analyse the effect of rhyme, rhythm, metre and imagery in poetry.
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 the writer uses 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:
large and small group discussions, dvd and readings.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Poetry and short story materials will be provided by the lecturer.
Please buy or borrow 'A Passage to India' by E M Forster (Penguin)
Please bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A range of literature courses are available under Humanities in the prospectus and under History, Culture and Writing on the web under www.citylit.ac.uk.