English Literature MA

English Literature 2B: Writing & Text ENGLIT2002

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is designed to encourage students to reconsider the concept of 'text'. Students will be encouraged to think about practical, material and theoretical definitions of text in relation to set texts from across literary history. And they will be invited to consider the work of Literary Theorists such as Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, M.M. Bakhtin and Julia Kristeva alongside the chosen texts.


Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 10am over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus;

One hour seminar x 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses



Seminar presentation of 8 minutes: 5%

Seminar contribution: 5%

Essay (2000 words): 30%

Examination of 2 hours duration: 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment is not available for seminar contribution or presentation.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ encourage students to think critically about concepts such as text, textuality, rhetoric, narrative and genre

■ encourage students to reflect upon their own practice as critics

■ consolidate and extend critical and analytical skills acquired in earlier courses

■ encourage students to think critically about complex formal and rhetorical relationships in and between texts

■ foster an awareness of relationships between criticism and creativity

■ encourage students to develop an awareness of historical and cultural contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ analyse a text, showing awareness of how its literary features relate to the writing practices of other texts

■ compare and connect relevant aspects of different texts effectively

■ situate a text in its historical context

■ perceive and articulate connections between literary texts and other forms of discourse

■ construct viable arguments about texts, with an awareness of competing or alternative critical viewpoints and an understanding of theories of textuality.

■ marshal evidence effectively to support an argument and its conclusions

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.