Literature emerges from the social and cultural environment of its production. In reading literature, we bring, consciously or otherwise, our own experiences to the text. This interaction between the circumstances of the text’s production and the factors influencing the reader’s response will be the focus of the course. It will emphasise the details of literary texts and the historical and intellectual worlds of which they are a part.
The class studies a wide range of poetry, a novel and some short stories. In doing so the students are introduced to the concept of a Literary Tradition which has developed from an oral tradition, through to poetry, the novel and short stories.
1. Written Responses (33%)
2. Oral Component (33%)
3. Examination (34%)