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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MODL2070 Reception, Transmission and Translation: The Global Circulation of Literature

20 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Dr Richard Hibbitt

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will introduce students to the major theories of reception, transmission and translation, with references to examples from the wide range of cultures taught in LCS. It will also explore the concept of world literature as a process and as a product, showing how the theory of literature is mutually informed by the practice, both artistic and commercial. In the second semester students will have the opportunity to create a literary anthology, working in small teams, which will introduce them to the skills of editing and publishing. Students will also develop the consideration of research questions that will prepare them for their final-year dissertation. Weekly lectures / workshops are supplemented by fortnightly seminars, in which students will have the opportunity to discuss these three concepts and how the theories inform their own practice.


To introduce some of the key concepts and methodologies concerning the reception, transmission and translation of literature in a global context.
To develop students' ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret theoretical and literary texts.
To enhance students' knowledge and critical appreciation of how theory works on practice, by means of a selection of literary examples (in English translation).
To introduce students to some of the practical elements of the cultural industries by means of the creation of a literary anthology.
To reinforce and develop the introductory knowledge of comparative literature acquired in Level 1
To provide a solid grounding for the study of literary modules at Level 3, in particular the dissertation module.

Learning outcomes
Enhanced knowledge of the concepts, methodologies and approaches used in the study and practice of literature.
Ability to discuss critically a variety of texts, both critical and creative, embracing different languages, cultures, genres and periods.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) understand and employ some of the key concepts used in the study of literature;
b) adopt different approaches to literature based on an understanding of a number of methodologies;
c) demonstrate an ability to understand the practicalities of literary reception, transmission and translation;
d) demonstrate an awareness of the appropriate historical and cultural backgrounds of different literary texts in a global context;
e) make meaningful contrasts and comparisons between the various texts and approaches studied.

Skills outcomes
Cultural sensitivity
Critical engagement with source materials
Ability to recognise and engage with a variety of theoretical approaches.
Oral and written expression.


The syllabus is divided into two parts. The first semester introduces students to key concepts of the reception, transmission and translation of literary texts, illustrated by means of examples taken from the wide range of research interests in LCS. The second semester focuses on the creation of an anthology by students working in groups of 4, which will contain a critical introduction and a selection of translated texts, with full critical notes.

The weekly lectures will be complemented by fortnightly seminars in which students will discuss the concepts and texts and put the different approaches into practice. In Semester 2 the lectures will become practical workshops on criticism, editing and publishing.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will be expected to prepare for seminars by a) reading critical texts, b) preparing pair or group presentations, c) reflecting on specific research questions, d) carrying out bibliographical research. In the second semester they will be expected to meet regularly with other members of their group and to prepare for workshops on the creation of their anthology.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal formative feedback will be given on seminar presentations and discussions throughout the year. Students will be given the opportunity to write an unassessed practice piece in the first semester, which will prepare them for the first assessed assignment. Written feedback will be given to the students on both the practice piece and on the assessed piece. In Semester 2 informal formative feedback will be given in the workshops and seminars as students meet milestones before completing their anthology.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 word written assignment50.00
Report1,500 word project report30.00
Group Project5,000 word group project20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2018 09:25:34


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