Learning Outcomes


On completing the course, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise critical and aesthetic qualities of literary texts.
  2. Produce close critical analyses of literary texts.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the ideological nature of narrative endings
  4. Analyse the ideological effects of particular kinds of endings
  5. Recognize and address alternative points of view left out in certain endings

 

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Study Load


Activities

Number of hours

Lectures

22

Tutorials

8

Reading / Self-study

60

Preparation for tutorial discussions

10

Essay (incl preparation)

20

In-class writing assignment

2

Journal writing

20

Total:

142

 

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Assessment


100% coursework

Assessment Tasks

Weighting

Essay

35

In-class test

25

Weekly journal writing

40

 

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Required Reading


Written endings (provided in Moodle)

  • 1984 by George Orwell (last chapter)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (last chapter; and film)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (final 2 chapters)
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (last chapter, "XXXVII––Conclusion")
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (Ch.36, Epilogue; and film)
  • Miscellaneous short stories

Film endings

  • Citizen X
  • Matilda (based on novel by Roald Dahl)
  • Sense & Sensibility (by Emma Thompson, based on novel by Jane Austen)
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (musical)
  • Paddington 2 (based on character in A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond)
  • Crazy Rich Asians

Recommended Reading
Abbott, H. Porter. . The Cambridge introduction to narrative. Second Edition. Cambridge, UK; New York:  Cambridge University Press. 2008.
Daničić, Mirjana. (2010).  On the borders of storytelling: Do unconventional beginnings lead to (un)conventional endings?" On the Borders of Convention, by Daničić, Mirjana. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars. [pp. 47-58]
Kermode, Frank.  The sense of an ending: Studies in the theory of fiction. New York: Oxford University Press. 2000.

 

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Last updated: 15 July 2019