ENG1100 - Introduction to Literature

Year of Study:1
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Module Description
The module has two goals: to develop core skills for literary studies in reading and writing. The first involves an exploration of the literary nature of each of the works chosen.
Through close reading and critical analysis, the exercises will help students identify the characteristics of each of the genres discussed, familiarising them with literary devices and techniques. The second goal aims at developing students’ awareness about the nature and requirements of academic writing about literature. This may include the identification of a significant issue for discussion, construction of an argument, handling of critical materials as well as substantiation of one’s claims. Poetry, prose and play will be selected from the full range of the modern literary period.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate critical and theoretical knowledge, and informed responsiveness appropriate to a range of literary texts from a variety of periods by close reading;

  2. deploy an initial analytical and critical vocabulary for the discussion of English literatures;

  3. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating a sustained analysis of texts both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical analysis; and

  4. transfer the above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material acquired both within and outside of the literary context.