Module Details

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Title Literature and Crisis
Code ENGL771
Coordinator Professor SK Parmar
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 7 FHEQ First Semester 15


To deepen student critical awareness of non-canonical and canonical literatures. To advance student understanding of the social and political aspects of literature as a response to the present. To enable students to undertake individual research on lesser-known approaches and topics across time periods.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will gain the ability to read, analyse, interpret and compare with competence and independence a wide variety of literary texts.

(LO2) Students will gain an advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of the political and ideological aspects of literary texts and how they can be situated within appropriate cultural and social contexts.

(LO3) Students will gain a critical appreciation of the ways in which texts can be situated within literary history, including issues of genre, influence, and creation and reception.

(LO4) Students will gain an advanced knowledge and critical awareness of current and new literary, critical and theoretical debates.

(LO5) Students will gain new skills fostering continued independent learning and a critical appreciation of complex issues within the broader context of the Arts and Humanities.

(S1) Students will gain a systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current debates and new insights within the field of literature and its contexts.

(S2) Students will gain advanced critical and analytical skills in relation to diverse forms of discourse.

(S3) Students will gain advanced literacy, interpersonal and communications skills, and the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

(S4) Students will gain the ability to comprehensively understand and apply a variety of theoretical approaches to literature.

(S5) Students will gain the ability to handle complex information and argument in a critical, creative and self-reflective manner.

(S6) Students will gain the ability to use IT and other relevant tools and resources to present written and oral work to a professional, scholarly standard.

(S7) Students will gain advanced skills and experience in selecting and using electronic and/or archival resources for planning and undertaking research and writing.

(S8) Students will gain organisational skills in managing time and workloads, and in meeting deadlines.



Authors may include: Bessie Head; Jean-Paul Sartre; Virginia Woolf; Sarah Kane; Danez Smith; Solmaz Sharif; Layli Long Soldier among others (via library and for purchase). All reading is compulsory (in advance of seminar) and students will be expected to read secondary material supplementing theory elements of the module (to be made available via VITAL).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Fortnightly 2 hour seminars involving group discussion of pre-assigned reading.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   12

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 138


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Creative-critical essay following consultation with tutor.  1000-1500 words    40       
Guided essay based on a range of questions. Re-sit opportunity available. Anonymous marking.  2000-2500 words    60       
Essay plan for guided essay.  1000-1200 words         

Recommended Texts

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