LIT315 The Author in Context : Special Literary Study (8)

A focused and independent study of one author from a substantial list in which students devise their own topic and course of reading in consultation with staff. The culmination of the semester's work is the production of a long essay.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conceptualise a literary topic for independent study
  • demonstrate that they have understood and have experienced the processes involved in literary research activity
  • demonstrate that they have developed professional responsibility for autonomous academic study
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the historical, social, theoretical and literary contexts of the author chosen for study.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - students choose an author for detailed reading and study
  • - students define and frame a topic for individual study and a programme of reading to support the topic, in consultation with staff
  • - students work independently in carrying out the course of study
  • - students produce a long essay of 3-4000 words which incorporates reading and research on the chosen author

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT315 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Topic synopsis and annotated bibliography
Research essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.