Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Reading Genre 2

Module Q3125

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

How do texts locate themselves in literary conventions to develop their own expression and meaning? How does genre act to shape a text and a reader's understanding of it? How do we identify and understand genre?

These are some of the questions that we shall approach by focusing on three genres: lyric, tragedy and film noir. In each instance we shall concentrate on either one or a small number of representative examples, allowing us to widen our understanding of genre while we deepen our acquaintance with key illustrations from it. This module may be taken in consort with or independently of Reading Genre 1.

A crucial aspect of the module is to develop close reading skills, so seminars and lectures will combine larger ideas about genre with detailed explorations of examples.

Module learning outcomes

Identify the conventions of the genres studied and understand the principles of genre theory in order to apply these in addressing issues of literary analysis and interpretation.

Gain confidence in the close reading and analysis of literature.

Develop critical thinking and methods for literary analysis.

Acquire some understanding of how other media such as film transform literary genre, and develop some knowledge of the principles of analysing and interpreting film.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 2 70.00%
Group PresentationT2 Week 11 (20 minutes)30.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterFilm3 hours000000000110
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Dr Katie Walter

Convenor, Assess convenor

Mr Ronan McKinney

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Prof Carol Watts

Assess convenor

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