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Approaching prose fiction

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Do you want to get more out of your reading? This free course, Approaching prose fiction, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about narrative events and perspectives, the setting of novels, types of characterisation and genre.

By the end of this free course you should be able to:

  • recognise and discuss selected library texts from the Renaissance to the present;
  • know how to approach literary texts in terms of genre, gender and the canon;
  • understand and be able to apply technical analytical terms;
  • engage in close analysis of narrative and poetic language;
  • recognise performance is an interpretation of dramatic texts;
  • engage in comparative work and draw general conclusion;
  • use textual evidence to argue a case;
  • understand and use academic conventions: referencing and bibliography.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 20 hours
  • Updated Thursday 4th July 2013
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under Literature
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Approaching prose fiction


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This course is designed to help you develop the analytical skills needed for studying literary texts at university level.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 2 study in Arts and Humanities [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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