Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Location: Eastern Gateway Building – Main Reception
Requirements: You must be studying towards English (Literature or Language) A-Level to attend this taster day.
Taster Topic: ‘To Begin at the Beginning’ – a reading workshop
In practical terms, reading is an activity you have come to take for granted. Since language is all around us so is reading, from advertisements on buses, text messages, emails and now this handout, reading forms part of your constant engagement with the world. For the most part, this type of reading is peripheral and instrumental, that is, it is the method by which meaning is communicated, simply and effectively. When we read a literary text, however, we apply a greater degree of concentration, unpacking the author’s stylistic approach and the possible interpretations of the narrative.
Think about your approach to literary texts. How have you been taught to read as part of your previous studies? How have you been trained to respond to ‘literature’? We'll discuss why literary texts begin in the way they do and look closely at some examples in small groups.
During this taster day you will focus on developing a critical vocabulary, building up your capacity to discuss literary techniques with your peers. Apply what you learn in this session to all of your reading by paying careful attention to how texts begin.
This taster day includes a campus and accommodation tour.