Module Details

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Title Introduction to World Literature 2: Theory and Practice
Code ENGL120
Coordinator Dr L Loh
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15


This module aims to develop students’ understanding of a range of theoretical concepts in world literature, providing a foundation for study for the programme English with World Literature.
The module will provide students with the ability and confidence to apply these concepts to a range of relevant literature from different national traditions, genres and types.
The module will deepen students’ approaches to studying literature in translation, and multilingual and translingual literature.
The module will develop students’ critical thinking and academic writing, as well as communication skills in individual and group spoken and written work.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will have a comprehensive understanding of key critical concepts in world literature, and will be able to apply these to close textual analysis of a range of literary texts.

(LO2) Students will be able to analyse and discuss different textual genres in a global context.

(LO3) Students will acquire analytical skills and vocabulary appropriate to university-level work and be able to use them appropriately in relation to a range of sources from different historical periods and social contexts.

(LO4) Students will have the ability to construct and support argument in written or spoken forms suitable for academic work and be able to participate constructively in group discussions.

(LO5) Students will have an awareness of cultural, theoretical and historical contexts of literature and language use.

(S1) Students will have the ability to analyse and interpret sophisticated texts closely and critically

(S2) Students will have the ability to relate literary texts to different kinds of context (e.g. historical, biographical, or print)

(S3) Students will have the ability to write with appropriate subject knowledge, using appropriate approaches and terminology

(S4) Students will gain the ability to make use of digital media to present ideas.



• Key topics and subjects will be covered through literary examples covering genres such as the novel, short story, drama, poetry, non-fiction and graphic novel etc in order to develop skills and knowledge introduced in WLIT 101: Introduction to World Literature I. In particular, this will be developed through application of these skills and knowledge to literary examples and close textual analysis of literary texts.
• This course covers 11 weeks of teaching and will be divided into two major sections, each covering a major theory relevant to the study of world literature, including. These theories may include transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, decolonising, globalisation etc.
• The course will begin with an introductory week and will include 2 weeks dedicated to discussing assessment and workshopping of the creative-critical project and essay plans.
• Each of the two major sections will include an introductory week to the t heory, followed by three weeks focusing on literary texts that may be accompanied by short chapters relevant to the theoretical approach under discussion, for e.g. from The Cambridge Companion to World Literature. One of the three weeks will involve a text in English translation.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method: Lectures followed by small group tutorials
Description: The module will involve 1-hour long weekly lectures followed by 1-hour tutorials (face to face or online as appropriate).
Attendance recorded: Yes via timetabling codes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Plan for assessed essay         
Creative-critical project    20       
Assessed essay    80       

Recommended Texts

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