NB: This is a 30-point paper, 100 percent internally assessed.

The work you submit should adhere to the following guidelines:
  • 1½ or double-spaced text.
  • In a file format readable by turnitin, the online plagiarism detection software: this excludes the use of pdfs or word processing programmes other than MSWord or (at a pinch) rtf: Rich Text Format.

All assignments should also be submitted through Stream by the due dates listed on the course timetable. You are allowed to submit more than one file for all four assignments.

The marks will be divided up as follows:
Creative Response: 20%
Journal: 20%
Seminar: 20%
Final Assignment: 40%

  • Worth: 20%
    Due in: Thursday, 17th August
    Length: 3 pages [or 500 words]

    This is the first piece you will be handing in. We invite you to take off on a creative tangent from one of the authors or pieces of writing presented in the course. Your own piece might take the form of a poem or poetic sequence, a script, or a picture or pagework.

    You should also supply an explanatory or contextualising paragraph with your work, regardless of what form it is in.

  • Worth: 20%
    Due in: Thursday, 17th August (for comment) /
    Friday, 20th October (for assessment)
    Length: 2,500 words (in final form)

    This should be a series of thoughts and reactions to the materials and ideas covered in the course kept throughout the semester. We expect at least some reaction to each of the 10 authors, presented either as straight journal entries or in the form of an online blog.

    You will be asked to submit your journal twice during the semester. The first time for general reactions and comment, the second time for assessment. There are separate assignment boxes on stream for each of these submissions.

  • Worth: 20%
    Due in: Sunday, 3rd September (in person) /
    Sunday, 8th October (online)
    Length: 10 minutes [or 1,000 words]

    You will be asked to give one seminar in the course of the year – on either a single poetry text or on a theme combining two (or more) of them. You will be asked to choose a time slot either during the mid-semester contact workshop or to submit it online (as a video file), in the second half of the semester.

    Your seminar should:
    • be roughly ten minutes long, with an additional ten or so minutes set aside for questions – never more than a half-hour in total. Think of it more as a book-report focussing on points of interest than a finished critical piece.
    • outline the issues raised by your reading of the text, indicate some of the approaches you found to it, and find ways to interest and engage your audience in the material.
    The seminars will be assessed in terms of content and presentation but you will not be required to present them in written form. They can, however, contain material that you will develop further in your Final Assignment.

  • Worth: 40%
    Due in: Friday, 20th October
    Length: 4,000 words

    This is your major piece of work for the year:

    It can be an extended literary-critical examination of one (or more) of the authors, works or themes discussed during the year.

    Alternatively, you might like to take a more creative approach and do a piece of writing (perhaps in the manner of Peter Reading or Susan Howe), which incorporates research and innovative form.

NB: You can find samples of assignments by former students on the Course Anthology website here.

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