Module title: Introduction to Literary Studies: Text and Context

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP07115
Module leader: Arin Keeble
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Arin Keeble
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching will take place in the form of a weekly two-hour lecture / workshop (LOs 1-5), which will include an element of interactive activity, and smaller one-hour tutorials. The lectures will introduce the primary literary texts and offer a critical framework for further inquiry. The tutorials (LOs 1-5) will consolidate and deepen learning that takes place during the lectures. The tutorials will offer the opportunity for students to shape the direction of discussion and to develop their own critical voices. Learning will occur in a variety of formats to allow for a range of learning styles. Typically this will include group work, presentations, independent research, peer-review, close reading and analysis, individual oral contributions, reading and writing assignments and the production of original written material. These activities will include opportunities for students to receive formative feedback on their ideas and progress in advance of the summative assessments.

Formative Assessment:
(n/a – this module will not include formative assessments)

Summative Assessment:
This module will include two forms of assessment – both summative.

The first assessment will relate to the mandatory participation in weekly online discussion board threads about the texts. Students will be expected to post at least four contributions of at least 200 words throughout the trimester and will be assessed on the way they are engaging with the text (pointing to and analysing specific passages and making arguments about them) and/or with their peers (debating or building on other points of view with reference to the texts / contexts. At least one of their four posts will be required to be a response to another group member’s post.

The second assignment will be a 2,000-word essay response to a selection of set questions available in the module handbook. . The students will be expected to compose essay responses which incorporate analysis of at least two of the primary texts on the module.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 40 1-5 2 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 60 1-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will provide you with a grounding in the ways in which canonical literary texts are analysed within their historical, political and cultural contexts. You will explore the ways in which literature has responded to, resisted or ‘written back’ against, or, alternatively, reinforced the dominant ideological forces of its periods. This module will also give you the chance to interrogate the relationships between texts, contexts and universality – in other words, we will raise questions about the extents to which literary narratives can claim to be universal. As a team-taught module that works through a wide range of canonical texts across the ‘long twentieth century’, it will also provide valuable introductions to key authors, movements and historical periods, and also to the research expertise of multiple members of the English subject team. As such, it will introduce you to some of the specialised areas of study offered at later stages in the degree programmes.

This module will include units on poetry, theatre, short stories and novels from the 1890s to the present. The syllabus features texts by influential twentieth century authors such as T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Graham Greene, Claude McKay and Thomas Pynchon and will work through a diverse range of historical contexts enabling you to consider the very different ways in which authors have responded to specific moments in history, social problems, cultural movements and world events. For example, we will engage with historical contexts including national expansion in the US, the aftermath of World Wars I and II in Great Britain, the Harlem Renaissance in New York, The Watts Riots in California and the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will:
LO1: Have detailed knowledge and insight into literary production in the long ‘twentieth century’;
LO2: Be able to critically analyse major twentieth century texts within their relevant social, historical and political contexts;
LO3: Understand theoretical debates about the significance of historical contexts in literary studies;
LO4: Understand the latest critical debates about a range of key twentieth century literary texts, authors and movements;
LO5: Develop skills in oral and written communication, online debate and discussion and research.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP07115 Introduction to Literary Studies