Reading Literature 2 (Q3279F)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

The module builds on the skills developed in 'Reading Literature 1', retaining a sustained emphasis on textual analysis as a key academic skill. It adds an increased engagement with the critical context of the literary works studied.

By exploring how scholars have responded to these works, you will develop your own critical responses: both to the literary works themselves and to the critical debates they have inspired.

Finally, you will consider the social, cultural, and historical fabric from which literary texts emerge, respond to and shape. You will also interrogate the relationship of text and context.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: