Ways into advanced literary study
Time: 18:00 - 19:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT120
Duration: 14 sessions (over 14 weeks)
What is the course about?
This online literature course is designed to enhance your appreciation of literary genres and styles from different periods, developing the rigour and skills of reading and writing that belong to a higher level of study.Writers include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Ibsen, Henry James, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virgina Woolf. Includes one Saturday.
This course is taught by Patricia Sweeney and Hugh Epstein.
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?
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books, but want to gain a wider grasp of the history and development of English literature? Are you perhaps thinking of studying literature at a higher level, and want to gain knowledge and confidence about what that study might entail? This course is for enthusiastic readers who want the enjoyable challenge of studying a range of poetry, prose and drama that contribute to a traditional but also changing sense of what studying literature is about. The course will encourage close reading of texts, acquaintance with the wider social and historical picture, and awareness of different ways of reading, in order to arrive at often differing interpretations. An important aspect of the course is the development of confidence in the writing of a critical essay and a seminar presentation and discussion.
The course focuses on 19th and early 20th century literature through the medium of poetry, prose and drama. We will explore the 'new drama' of Ibsen's 'A Doll's House', Romanticism (including poetry by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley & Keats), late 19th century fiction (Henry James) to modernist literary works (Virginia Woolf). You will be introduced to different theoretical approaches within literary studies, and will be able to explore those that you find stimulating.
Course dates: Wednesday 12 January - 13 April 2022 - 6-7.45pm
Saturday workshop 10am -1pm on 19 March 2022.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course you will have met a wide and contrasting range of poetry, prose and drama
You will have considered how literature responds to historical, social and cultural conditions
You will have seen how different approaches can be used in the reading of literature
You will have practised the skills required of a good student of literature at a higher level, including a seminar discussion and the writing of a critical essay.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to a wide range of applicants, who will have differing intentions in following this course of study. You will need to be ready to read, discuss and write about literature willingly and with enthusiasm, and should have at least a grade B in GCSE English or equivalent. Those with higher level or professional qualifications in other subjects are welcome. Admission to the course is by online assessment, to ascertain that you will benefit from the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Short lecture, small group and whole class discussion, led by the tutors, will be central to this course. In addition to the class sessions, there will be a Saturday workshop from 10am -1pm, which will be devoted to skills, particularly of essay writing. This workshop will allow you to take full advantage of developing your study skills.
The writing of the essay and preparation for the seminar presentation will take up time outside class. There will be between 2-3 hours of preparation for classes each week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Texts you will need to buy or borrow: (in order of study):
The Penguin Book of English Verse, ed. Paul Keegan (Penguin Classics, 2000)
A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen (Methuen Student Edition, 2008)
Washington Square by Henry James (Penguin or Wordsworth Classics)
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Penguin Classics)
Quicksand by Nella Larson (Serpent's Tail)
All other materials supplied by the tutors.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Before you do this course you can check out HLT270 Advanced Literary Study: approaching fiction, poetry and drama, running from 3 November - 8 December, which will help you to prepare for Ways into Advanced Literary Study. Please look for other literature courses on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature.
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.