30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module focuses upon the investigation of literary language with reference to its historical and cultural contexts. It provides opportunities to explore the ways in which literary style was conceptualised in earlier periods of history (in Renaissance rhetoric, for example) and to consider contemporary debates about the politics of literary language (among postcolonial writers, for example). Throughout the module, we shall focus on the relationship between ideas about literary style, as they are expressed in critical, theoretical, or pedagogical texts, and literary practice as it is revealed through the stylistic analysis of prose, poetry, and drama.

Restrictions on availability: This module is primarily intended for students on the MA in English Language and Literature, although students on other MAs in the School of English may take it if they have an appropriate background in literary linguistics.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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