The Critical Reading course at University of Oxford will introduce you to some key concepts in criticism and theory. It will help you to acquire skills of close critical analysis that will enable you to study, write about, appreciate, and above all enjoy literary texts. Illustrations and exercises will be taken from nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and narrative fiction.
- Enhance understanding and enjoyment of literary texts.
- Understand basic concepts of the critical idiom.
- Distinguish between opinions and appreciations, and analysis.
- Produce close critical analyses of prose and poetry.
- Have a working knowledge of the broad chronological, thematic, and stylistic categories of English Literature.
- Make effective use of online resources in English Literary Studies.
- Begin to build a personal reading list.
By the end of the course you will know:
- basic concepts of the critical idiom.
- key arguments relating to literary value.
- key arguments relating to the methods and function of literary analysis.
- your own position as literary and critical theorists.
- differences between opinions and appreciations, and analysis.
- Introduction: what is literature?
- Close reading and criticism
- Comparing literary texts
- Narrative and structure
- Description and devices
- Analysing Poetry
- Writing critically
- Developing as a writer and reader
- Other approaches to texts
- Honing and keeping up your skills
- 3 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet.
International300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
EU/EEA300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
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