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Centres and Institutes

A special author

Course Not Running 2014/15
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Year 3



Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of a course, a student should be able to demonstrate . . . 

  • In-depth critical knowledge of the author selected, and of the history of the reception of their work
  • Reading of most of their work across genres;
  • challenge one’s own preconceptions about their work and its historical and conceptual contexts;
  • the ability to devise, structure, pursue and realise an independent research project, following detailed advice from your course tutor


This course will be taught over 10 weeks with a 2 hour seminar/tutorial classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The course will focus on an important significant author each time, particularly one whose work offers opportunities to discuss it in the context of English in the global world (e.g. Graham Greene, J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, George Orwell, Olive Schreiner, etc.).

The course will consist of seminars, and will encourage/allow students to explore the oeuvre of one writer in depth and breadth. The course will deepen the student’s knowledge and understanding of the author’s work in its historical context and in terms of the kind of conceptual and theoretical questions that the work raises. What conceptual or historical frames illuminate the other’s work in interesting and new ways?

Method of assessment

One 5,000 word essay to be submitted on day 1, week 1, in the term following the teaching of this course (100%).

Suggested reading

The reading list will change depending on the author selected, and will be distributed at the beginning of the course. The selected author will be publicized on the course webpage in April of the preceding year.