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Texts & Histories - ENG00050I

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Bryan Radley
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • to introduce students to key debates about the different, but potentially complementary, natures of literary and historical scholarship
  • to encourage students to bring together their understanding of historical phenomena, narrative structures, and the particularities of close textual analysis
  • to enable students to develop skills in detailed textual analysis in relation to a carefully-defined text or document
  • to enable students to develop skills in argument and analysis in relation to a clearly defined thematic focus

Module learning outcomes

  • have developed a critical understanding of the ways in which texts are constructed, the agenda that shaped their construction, the ways in which they have been read historically and may be read by modern scholars
  • be able to understand and implement an interdisciplinary methodology, and have developed an appropriate critical vocabulary to express this skill set
  • understand the requirements of the Bridge Essay in English and History


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Indicative reading

Natalie Zemon Davis, Fiction in the Archives; Ken Ruthven, Faking Literature.

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