This module aims to introduce you to methods of critical and contextual reading central to the English programme, and to the range of core skills essential to successful study at university level: at least that’s the fancy way of explaining the module.
Over the duration of the module you will analyse and compare literature from the 1950s and look at the cultural history of a novel, (it may sound boring but you will probably enjoy it, which is okay!). You will also be looking at how the novel was influenced by what was going on at the time.
The pace of the module is set by the short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner’ which is what your first assignment is on, but don’t worry too much: it’s only 600 words (the assignment, not the story). The texts that follow from the 1950s are Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes, Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners and Shelagh Delaney’s A Taste of Honey and a selection of poetry, which are all enjoyable in their own way: I’ll let you form your own opinion!
The best advice I can give you is to get a head start on your reading, it will be the best thing you will ever do!
-Beth and T.E.A