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MA English part 1

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  • Points: 120
  • Code: A815
  • Level: Postgraduate
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Overall, I enjoyed the module. The module offered some scope for looking at texts beyond those that are 'set' by the A815 course. The final EMA was perhaps the most enjoyable as there was more freedom to follow personal interests within certain limits. For example, the possibility to pair 'The English Patient' with 'Kim' engaged me with the latter and led to a successful outcome for the EMA. For some TMAs, there was also the possibility of putting set texts against other texts that are not part of the reading list. However, I did feel that there was an emphasis on postcolonialism in much of the course materials. This is not an area of interest for me personally, but I was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed getting to grips with this form of literary theory and criticism. Having said that, the interest has not endured.

The module demands a lot of time and I found that the quality of writing expected in the TMAs was very high in terms of content and structure. Much more so than in other modules I have taken. However, I found that this really helped me to refine my written work and this did not only develop in the course of A815, but carried over into my professional and academic interest outside of studying English.

The course considers intertextuality and I found this particularly interesting - however, be prepared to thoroughly get to grips with the likes of Bahktin and other theorists! The module really does demand engagement with critics and theorists.

A worthwhile module.

Course starting: September 2012

Review posted: May 2014

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