In this course we shall hone our skills of close critical analysis of prose, poetry, and drama, looking at extracts from texts published in the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. We shall also consider how placing texts in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts can help us to understand them.
All weekly class students may become borrowing members of the Rewley House Continuing Education Library for the duration of their course. Prospective students whose courses have not yet started are welcome to use the Library for reference. More information can be found on the Library website.
There is a Guide for Weekly Class students which will give you further information.
Availability of titles on the reading list (below) can be checked on SOLO, the library catalogue.
To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee for each course you enrol on. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online. If you do not register when you enrol, you have up until the course start date to do so.
Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework, but only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.
Course fee: £195.00
Take this course for CATS points: £10.00
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Dr Sandie Byrne
Sandie Byrne is Associate Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford University and Director of Studies in English at OUDCE
2. To enable participants to understand the use of contextual information
3. To enhance participants' skills of close critical analysis
1. Have confidence in using the critical idiom.
2. Be able to identify key literary tropes and techniques.
3. Be able to produce effective close critical analyses of literary texts.
Summative: written comparative analysis
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Level and demands
Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.