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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.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- recognise and discuss selected library texts from the Renaissance to the present
- approach literary texts in terms of genre, gender and the canon
- engage in close analysis of narrative and poetic language and apply technical analytical terms
- engage in comparative work, draw general conclusions and use textual evidence to argue a case
- understand and use academic conventions: referencing and bibliography.
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Approaching prose fiction
This course is designed to help you develop the analytical skills needed for studying literary texts at university level.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Literature courses or view the range of currently available OU Literature courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
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