Reading Literature 1 (Q3277F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce two of the major literary genres – short prose fiction and lyric poetry. It will also introduce an historic range of literary writing, through studying significant works of English and American literature and important texts in translation.

Based on close reading, you will consider how literature portrays both the interior qualities of the human self and the external world – the social, cultural, scientific and historical fabric from which literary texts emerge. Encountering different methods of interpreting literature, you will be encouraged to develop as a critical thinker and an expressive writer.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 50 hours of contact time and about 100 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: