What is style? Why do we like some pieces of writing but find others dull? Are there any objective techniques for evaluating written texts? This course is built around a selection of classic and modern texts, representing a range of genres within the broad categories of prose, poetry and plays. Students will be taught how to analyse and comment on texts, developing their critical skills and knowledge of literary devices and terminology.
Students will also have the opportunity to engage in class discussions and debates.
By the end of the course, students will have gained confidence in their skills for literary analysis and in their own judgements and their ability to defend them.