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EN122 Modes of Reading

Convenor: Dr Michael Niblett


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This module offers an introduction to the practices of criticism. Form, genre and literary inheritance will be among the topics addressed. The module aims to enable students to work with a variety of critical approaches, and to develop an informed awareness of the possibilities available to them as readers and critics. Thematically organised lectures provide a frame of cultural reference on which the students will draw in their close readings in seminars. The module is taught in four units of four lectures each.



Required texts:

Students are required to buy the 4 set texts above (copies available in the bookshop or online). Students also need to obtain copies of the two critical companions, below, which can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded as e-copies via the library (see links below)


The module is offered to first year undergraduates, Erasmus Mundus and exchange students as well as some honours level students. Details of the various assessment patterns can be found here.

Teaching times

  • The first lecture for this module will take place at 10am on Thursday of week 1 in the Woods-Scawen Conference Room in the Arts Centre.
  • Seminars start in week 2.
  • MAIN LECTURE: Thursdays, 10-11 in the Woods-Scawen Conference Room in Warwick Arts Centre.
  • SEMINARS: check your individual timetable
  • SUPPLEMENTAL LECTURES ON CRITICAL THEORY: Prof Thomas Docherty will give a series of optional lectures on Mondays 12-13 in Arts Butterworth in week 2 and then in Lib2 for weeks 3-5 and weeks 7-10.
  • Details of the Tutors who teach on this module can be found here (tba)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to

• Discuss a particular work of literature in relation to a variety of theoretical questions

• Engage more confidently in critical analysis and bibliographic research relating to works of modern literature

• Participate in discussions regarding the role of literature in society, questions of institutional authority and contemporary cultural debates

• Make an informed choice of honours-level pathways and specialized options in modern literary topics

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