Critical Commentary and Analysis
Course Convenor: Dr. Scarlett Baron
The course aims to make the student familiar with a range of critical issues and approaches to the close reading of literature, and to sharpen critical and technical understanding of passages from a wide spectrum of kinds of writing.
By the end of the course,
students should have developed:
- An ability to analyse passages in some detail, relating their perceptions to critical arguments of various kinds and degrees of generality.
- A broad knowledge of literary history and a critical idiom for relating literary passages to the period in which they were written.
The course will be a training in
practical criticism, to be carried out in seminars during the first year, with
further seminars in the third year and in individual essay work for the
student’s tutor in all three years.
Examining will be by a six-hour paper, calling for comment on passages of prose or poetry taken from any period of writing in English.
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