This module focuses upon the essay as a critical practice and a literary form.

Module Overview

The essay is fundamental to literary criticism, and basic to assessment across your degree. Nevertheless the essay can also be a literary and genre that is popular-cultural its very own right, an application that marks the invention of this individual together with compulsion to, as Virginia Woolf puts it, through the course of this module, you may both hone your own personal skills as literary writers writing about and think about the historical and thematic proportions regarding the essay as a form. You may explore the eccentricities and paradoxes of essay-writing across history, through culture, from the origins in the century that is sixteenth popular journalism andin our own time. In performing this, you certainly will look closely at choices of writing style, rhetoric, evidence, and which are fundamental to succeeding in and enjoying our discipline, also to our work as critical readers and individual writers.

Module Details

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims for this module are to: • develop your personal writing and enjoyment of writing; • assess various techniques for constructing arguments; • locate and evaluate primary and research material that is secondary.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, it will be easy to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of:

  • Better build your thoughts through the writing process;
  • Appreciate different contexts and purposes for writing
  • Use independent and self-reflective critical judgement

The module will introduce students to principles of rhetoric, composition and discourse while they relate solely to their writing that is own and reading literary texts. It’s going to engage with a range of texts, including classical and historical texts on rhetoric, historical and contemporary essays. (more…)