20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A-Level in English Literature or equivalent

Aims/Description: IALS is geared towards providing the first-year student with an introduction to university-level thinking, studying and writing. Throughout the course we will think about what it means to study the texts as well as pursuing the study itself, and we will also explore the theories and methods that contribute to writing well. IALS exists to introduce students to the study of literature in its three major genres and to prepare students for the more specialised modules that will follow. The course is laid out generically: we will spend the first five weeks studying poetry, including a writing week wherein you will prepare your first essay; the next two weeks will cover drama, culminating in an extended analysis; and the last four weeks will concentrate on prose, with essay 3 being a research essay. Texts include poetry from Shakespeare to the present day, British and American fiction and drama in both its textual and staged versions.

Staff Contact: Anne-Marie Evans
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Assessment: 3 Essays of 1500, 2000 and 2500 words
WebCT resources are available for this module

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK