Area of Study
Taught In English
Previous academic study of English literature;
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module introduces students to popular genres of fiction writing. Students study four
different genres over their year of study, such as children?s literature, Gothic fiction and
horror, science fiction and fantasy, adventure stories, sensation novels, crime fiction,
romance, and historical fiction. As well as exposing students to the diversity of popular
writing from different periods, the module explores the emergence of distinct
readerships and interrogates the very concept of the popular and the different ways
genre has been theorised. Students will also engage with a variety of critical approaches
to the study of popular writing, from psychoanalysis to ethnography.
The first lectures introduce students to the concepts of genre and the popular, and they
relate to both developments in literacy and notions of literariness. Then there will be
four five-week blocks on particular genres of popular fiction, which may include:
? Gothic fiction
? Children?s literature
? Adventure stories
? Crime fiction
Teaching: Weekly two-hour interactive lecture and a one-hour seminar.
STUDY OPTION 1: Portfolio (100%):
Autumn Semester: draft and then an assessed essay
Spring Semester: a take-home test.
STUDY OPTION 2: draft and then an assessed essay
STUDY OPTION 3: a take-home test.
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.