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History of the English Language (2007 - )

Module Leader: This module begins our introduction to the context of language study in the first year of the BAs English and English Literature and Language. The students are gradually introduced to the concept of language change, the most relevant features of the language in various periods from Old English to the first half of the twentieth century and the social and historical contexts which influenced the development of the English Language. The module combines theoretical debate with practical work.

Middle English Literature: Texts in Context (2007 -)

Module Leader: Taught in the second year of undergraduate study, this module is designed to give the student a more detailed understanding of Middle English than the brief introduction in the HEL allowed. This is combined with an introduction to the cultural and social context in which our texts were created. The module texts vary, including, for example, a selection of letters, Sir Orfeo (taught underneath the round table at the Great Hall), Pearl, the Land of Cockayne, a drama workshop, or Margery Kempe. Later on in the term we take the students on a class trip to Canterbury - as a final roundup for this module and a preamble to the module on the Canterbury Tales in the following term.

Old English Language and Anglo-Saxon Culture (2007 - )

Module Leader: Set around a selection of Old English texts, this third year module focuses on an understanding of Old English as a language. At the end of the term, the student have acquired basic translation skills in Old English prose as well as poetry. Parallel to this work with the language, we introduce the cultural and historical context according to selected themes which are also discussed in the module texts. Excursions and screenings of relevant films complement the module.

Language and Society (2007 - )

Module Leader: This module continues where the History of the English Language module concluded: English in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Among the topics discussed are 'Standard and Variety,' 'Accent and Dialect,' ' World Englishes,' 'Language and Power,' and more. While first linguistic concepts and methods are introduced and practised, the emphasis of this module is on developing an awareness of the issues surrounding the English language in our society through informed discussion.

The Fundamentals of Modern English (2007 - )

Module Leader: This second year module teaches the student a scientific approach to language. Basic methodologies concerning Phonetics and Phonology are taught alongside Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, etc. Main component of the module is an individual linguistic study project designed and executed by the student.

Text Analysis (2008 - )

Module Leader: The third year module on Text Analysis is currently in preparation and will run for the first time in winter 2008. It combines a familiarisation with the theories of reading processes with practical work on four chosen text types, including corporate writing and electronic writing. The students design their own criteria to judge whether a text is successful or not and then apply these to real textual examples.

Introduction to English Studies (2007)

Tutor: This first year module helps the students to develop the necessary skills for English Studies within a small group environment.

Critical Reading: Poetry (2007 - )

Tutor: This first year introduction to poetry is not so much designed to dictate the student how to read poetry, but to encourage personal critical engagement with this fascinating and equally daunting genre.

Speaking of the Devil: From the Bible to Terry Pratchett (2007 - )

Module Leader: This third year module studies the narrations of the devil in Western Europe. It follows the evolution of the literary figure from the devil of Job and the Book of Revelation to Pratchett and Gaiman in Good Omens. Various genres in different periods are touched upon and introduce different types of devil, such as that of diabology and that of folklore. Next to Medieval texts such as Genesis B (in translation) and Medieval drama we will encounter Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus and Milton’s Paradise Lost. The twentieth century is represented by two rather differing examples: C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters and Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens. Both of these draw on established traditions to offer new perspectives – though each to a rather different end.

Early Medieval Britain (2007)

Tutor: I have lead two seminar groups in this first year module which introduces the earliest phase of English History taught in the History BA.