Studying English literature: Excel in the study of novels, poems, plays, and more

What’s the difference between reading literature and really studying it? Learn how to switch your academic brain on and get the most out of poems, novels, plays, and stories with these brilliant techniques for maximum engagement. Perfect for keen readers, students, and those who wish to develop a more critical awareness about what they read.

   299 students completed this course

   95% recommend it to other students

   Teacher: K.C. Finn


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95% of students recommend

  “I learned a lot of useful terms in this course. I wasn’t as much a fan of how often, each lesson relied more on setup for me to do activities to feel I could take away the main points of the lessons. I would have preferred to have a running example and the author walk through that with each lesson, instead of being set up to do an exercise I probably won’t have time for. This problem though was well balanced with the way I was able to take away lots of useful information, especially relating to poetry and theme, and the links for further reading with each lesson we’re also useful.”

  “I enjoyed this course, even though I don’t plan to write any more academic papers. This information will enhance my pleasure in reading.”

  “Great reminders of things I should have been taught long ago and have gleaned over the years, all in one place!”


Course plan

Lesson 1. Introduction: Why Study Literature?
Lesson 2. Exploring Theme
Lesson 3. Exploring Character
Lesson 4. Exploring Setting
Lesson 5. Exploring Plot
Lesson 6. Stylistics
Lesson 7. Special Techniques: Poetry
Lesson 8. Special Techniques: Plays
Lesson 9. Writing It Up
Lesson 10. The Literature Checklist
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  • Format
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  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day

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