English Literature 2B: Writing the Body ENGLIT2002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course encourages students to consider the different ways in which literary texts write about issues of health, illness, and embodiment. Students will examine such texts using both contemporary literary perspectives on such issues and theories of text, interpretation, rhetoric, narrative and genre.


Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 10am over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus;

One hour seminar x 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in English Literature 1A and 1B

Excluded Courses



Seminar contribution: 5% (The seminar contribution will be marked using Schedule B)

Seminar presentation: 5% (The presentation will be marked using Schedule B)

Prospectus (200 words) and annotated bibliography (4-5 entries; 800 words) (1000 words total): 30% (Schedule A)

Final Essay (2500 words): 60% (Schedule A)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment is not available for seminar contribution or presentation.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Introduce students to literary perspectives on issues of health, illness, and embodiment

■ Enable students to apply key concepts on text, interpretation, rhetoric, narrative and genre

■ Show textual connections to wider historical and cultural contexts

■ Encourage critical thinking about literary texts that deal with issues of health, illness, and embodiment

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ analyse texts using literary perspectives on issues of health, illness and embodiment

■ construct viable arguments about texts using theories of textuality and interpretation

■ adjudicate between alternative critical viewpoints on texts

■ employ contemporary methods of information retrieval and apply them to good effect in their written submissions

■ communicate responses to the material studied on the course both orally and in written form through coherent and sustained argument.

■ demonstrate resilience and time management through effectively planning, undertaking and submitting coursework.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.