LIT3045 : LIT3045: The Elegy

Convener(s): Dr Maddy Callaghan

 

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

This course on genre will look at the ways in which writers in poetry have responded to bereavement and grief in literary form from the Renaissance to contemporary Northern Irish poetry. It will examine the elegy as a genre and tradition in order to connect literature, loss, consolation and memory. Students will be expected to understand the expectations and conventions inherent in a single literary genre. They will have come to an understanding of concepts of community, language and loss, and will be able to discuss such concepts in the contexts of a wide array of critical and literary material. Teaching takes the form of two 1-hour sessions, twice a week, over eleven weeks. The first meeting will be a lecture, with the opportunity to ask questions and help direct the lecture. The second will be a seminar which will be discussion led. I will provide you with a coursepack that you must purchase, containing any texts not in the Norton anthologies used for core modules.

Teaching

Teaching takes the form of two 1-hour sessions, twice a week, over eleven weeks. The first meeting will be a lecture, with the opportunity to ask questions and help direct the lecture. The second will be a seminar which will be discussion led, and the seminars will be used to introduce the aims and produce the outcomes of the course in detail. The remaining hours per week of study for this module are to be divided between seminar preparation (directed reading), small group work, individual research, and preparation for assessments. Following established practice on the English Literature programme, should the module recruit more than 15 students (as was the case last year), the students would be divided into two groups. Both groups would meet together as a large group for the first meeting, and in the smaller groups for the second.

Assessment

The assessment will be two essays, the first weighted at 30%, the second weighted at 70%, set by the seminar leader based on issues raised in the seminars. The first essay (title chosen by student, with module leader approval) is of 1500 words, and the second essay question will be selected by the student from a list of approved questions, and will be of 2500 words.

Contact Details

0114 222 8461

m.callaghan@sheffield.ac.uk


Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:18 PM (BST)

may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.

 

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