Reinventions (TRU1104)

StaffDr Kate Hext - Lecturer
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesNone. Applications to take this module by students from outside the Penryn Humanities department will be assessed by the module convener and the Director of Education (Penryn Humanities) on a case-by-case basis
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Complement the focus of the Foundations (TRU1101) module that many of you will have taken in Term 1
  • Cultivate modes of reading and critical analysis of literature broadly informed by an attention to history and context
  • Consider ideas of subjectivity, identity, conflict, community, myth, the transmission of stories, female artistic labour, literary tradition and influence
  • Introduce you to key debates central to the study of literature
  • Familiarise you with critical methodologies and terminology that will prepare you for second-year core courses and third-year options

By the end of the module, you will have acquired a substantial body of information about the history of English literature and its place in western culture and will be able to potentially put that knowledge to practical use when pursuing future careers in (for instance) the communication, creative, arts, education, and media sectors

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate an informed appreciation of specific texts, written from the 18th century to the present time
  • 2. Demonstrate a knowledge of the development of English literary history
  • 3. Identify and analyse inter-relationships between texts

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Analyse the literature of an earlier era and to relate its concerns and its modes of expression to its historical context
  • 5. Interrelate texts and discourses specific to their own discipline with issues in the wider context of cultural and intellectual history
  • 6. Understand and analyse relevant theoretical ideas, and to apply these ideas to literary texts

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Demonstrate basic communication skills, and an ability to work both individually and in groups
  • 8. Demonstrate appropriate research and bibliographic skills. Demonstrate a basic capacity to construct a coherent, substantiated argument, and a capacity to write clear and correct prose at a level appropriate to a foundational degree year
  • 9. Demonstrate basic proficiency in information retrieval and analysis

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • The Romantics (I): Wordsworth and Coleridge, selected works
  • The Romantics (II): Keats and Landon, selected works
  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Romance and Realism: Brontë, Jane Eyre  
  • Victorian Poets: Arnold, ‘The Scholar Gipsy’; Rossetti, ‘Goblin Market’; Hopkins, selected verse
  • Literature and Science: Wells, The Time Machine
  • Modernism: Eliot, The Waste Land
  • Intermodernism: Du Maurier, Rebecca 
  • Post-War Literature: Churchill, Top Girls; Larkin and Raine, selected works
  • Global Literature: Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The Short Story: Mantel, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching22 hours22 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching22 hours11 x 2 hour seminars: you will need to prepare for each seminar and to complete additional tasks as set by the tutor
Scheduled learning and teaching11 hours11 x 1 hour workshops: you will need to prepare for the workshops and to complete additional tasks as set by the tutor
Guided independent study11 hours11 x 1 hour study-group meetings: independent student discussion of set study questions in assigned study groups
Guided independent study234 hoursIndependent preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading, completion of assessment tasks, etc

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1500 words1-3, 5, 6, 8-9Written comments
Oral presentation5-10 minutes1-2, 4-9Oral feedback in booked office hour, based on tutor notes

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay452000 words1-3, 5-6. 8-9Coversheet (written)
Examination ('unseen' paper)451 hour1-3, 5-6, 8-9Coversheet (written)
Seminar participation10Continuous1-7, 9Oral feedback and opportunity for office hours follow-up

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay Essay1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9Referral/Deferral period
Examination ('unseen' paper)Examination ('unseen' paper)1-3, 5, 6, 8, 9Referral/Deferral period
Seminar participationRepeat study or mitigation 1-7, 9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment. 

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core Texts (you should purchase and read these works before the start of term):

  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature, ed. M.H. Abrams and Stephen Greenblatt et. al., 9th edition (New York and London: W.W. Norton, 2012), Volume 2 or Volumes D, E and F, in which will be found:
    • Wordsworth, selected poems; 
    • Coleridge, selected poems;
    • Keats, selected poems;
    • Landon, selected poems;
    • Hopkins, ‘The Windhover’; 'I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day';
    • Arnold, ‘The Scholar Gipsy’
    • Rossetti, ‘Goblin Market’
    • Eliot, The Waste Land;
    • Larkin, selected poems;
    • Raine, selected poems.
    • Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, ed.  Richard Dunn, 3rd edition (Norton, 2001)
    • Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (Virago, 2003)
    • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, ed. J. Paul Hunter(Norton, 2012)
    • H. G. Wells, The Time Machine, ed. Marina Warner (Penguin, 2005)
    • Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage Contemporary Classics, 1996; 2007)
    • Jim Crace, Being Dead (Picador, 2013)


Note: Dates of modern editions may vary. The Norton Anthology will also be used for other English modules. The Norton Critical Editions also contain substantial critical materials. Any other works set on this module will be provided as scanned PDFs through the module ELE page.


Recommended Secondary Reading (indicative):


You need not purchase these texts, but please read them during the course of the module.


  • Lucy Newlyn, Coleridge, Wordsworth and the Language of Allusion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Susan J. Wolfson, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Keats (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
  • Esther Schor, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Mary Shelley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)
  • Heather Glen, Charlotte BronteÌ?: The Imagination in History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004)
  • Isobel Armstrong, Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (London: Routledge, 1996)
  • Simon J. James, Maps of Utopia: H.G. Wells, Modernity, and the End of Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Jason Harding, T. S. Eliot in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • Kristin Bluemel, Intermodernism: Literary Culture in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009)
  • Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • Richard Bradford, The Novel Now: Contemporary British Fiction (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007)

Module has an active ELE page?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE:
  • Defining Gender
  • Project Muse
  • 19th-Century UK Periodicals
  • British Periodicals, Collections I and II

The ELE site for this module contains extensive resources including full-text articles, additional website links, and a digitised module reading list with links to the University of Exeter library’s e-book holdings and catalogue of resources

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

  • Cary Joji Fukunaga, dir., Jane Eyre (2011), starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender [DVD]
  • Alfred Hitchcock, dir., Rebecca (1940), starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine [DVD]
  • Jed Mercurio, dir., Frankenstein (2007), starring Helen McCrory and James Purefoy [DVD]
  • Susanna White, dir., Jane Eyre (2006), starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens [DVD: 4 parts]

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