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Unit information: Transformations in 2021/22

Unit name Transformations
Unit code ENGL10046
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Rosalind Powell
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit looks at how authors revise, challenge, engage, remake, parody, and are in dialogue with earlier texts and ideas. It will explore how both scholars and writers evaluate and historicise literature as a reflection on their own historical moments. By reading synchronically and diachronically, students will engage with and critique key ideas of influence and canonicity. They will also engage with the evaluation and criticism of literary lineages and developments. Students will be introduced to key theoretical texts in the study of reception, influence, and imitation, which will inform the tracing of cultural themes and attitudes and prepare them to look for forms of textual relation on subsequent years (in particular, I/5 period units Literature 1740-1900 and Literature 1900-present and H/6 transhistorical units). Possible themes for study include: creation; land and the environment (pastoral, empire, and ecocide); encounters; fables and tales; and epic.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how authors respond to one another’s work, and of some of the cultural forces that shape those responses;

2. apply understanding of historical, cultural and intellectual contexts to readings of the relations between texts, demonstrating a good grasp of specific critical vocabulary (intertextuality, allusion, parody, pastiche, etc.);

3. discriminate between different critical perspectives on methods of analysing and describing relations between texts;

4. identify and present pertinent evidence to develop a cogent argument across a short piece and to develop the ability to write with concision while doing so;

5. demonstrate skills in textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation using evidence from primary texts and secondary sources;

6. contribute to group tasks and discussions and demonstrate skills in oral presentation.

Teaching Information

Teaching will involve asynchronous and synchronous elements, including long- and short-form lectures, group discussion, research and writing activities, and peer dialogue. Students are expected to engage with the reading and participate fully with the weekly tasks and topics. Learning will be further supported through the opportunity for individual consultation.

Assessment Information

  • 1 x group project (formative) [ILOs 1-6]
  • Portfolio of 3 x 700 word short exercises (100%) [ILOs 1-5]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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