LIT3056 : LIT3056: Byron and Shelly

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 module will concentrate on a selection of major poems by Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Seminars will discuss their mutual preoccupations with power and powerlessness, the role of the poet, issues of poetic imagination and revolution, and critical approach. We will look at their respective poetics, influences, and distinctive poetic styles. Students will be encouraged to develop critical skills through close reading and analysis of texts, skills of effective communication and presentation, and demonstrate awareness of diversity of interpretation and methodology.


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. 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.


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 will focus on examining the individual student's choice of poetry in the light of set extracts of Byron's or Shelley's prose, and is of 1500 words. The second essay, chosen from a list of set questions, will be of 2500 words. The key outcomes are: 1. The ability to display analytical-critical skills by studying and imaginatively responding to texts. They must show sensitivity to generic conventions, demonstrate awareness of the shaping effects on communication of historical circumstances, and articulate a mature understanding of questions of literary achievement. 2. Articulate an informed awareness of formal and aesthetic dimensions of literature and an ability to offer cogent analysis of their workings in specific texts. 3. Demonstrate an imaginative response to literature showing an appropriate command of literary terminology, and communicate an awareness of literature as a medium through which values are affirmed and debated. 4) The ability to sustain a reasoned argument backed-up with relevant evidence: presented according to the Department’s criteria. 5) The ability to conduct independent web-based and library research that can be used to develop and refine their individual response to course material.

Contact Details

0114 222 8461

Information last changed: Thursday 17th of March 2016 :: 09:46:15 AM (GMT)

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


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