University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
Our masterclasses are designed to allow learners to experience what learning is like at a selective Russell Group university. Most masterclasses are two hours long and are normally held in the Autumn Term between 1.00–3.00pm on a Wednesday afternoon. at University of Birmingham

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English Masterclass - Bad Writing and the Study of English

University event offered by University of Birmingham

Event Summary:

Our masterclasses are designed to allow learners to experience what learning is like at a selective Russell Group university. Most masterclasses are two hours long and are normally held in the Autumn Term between 1.00–3.00pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

Full Event Details:

Date:
9 November –Year 12/13
23 November – Year 9/10
Time 1.00–3.00pm
Subject area English Literature

Why do we read English Literature? Why do we need a whole academic discipline devoted to it? What is the point of studying writing and criticism at university? These questions are getting bigger all the time. Disguised as questions about value and funding higher education, you have seen them over and over in newspapers and online. In this session, we’ll take a look at some texts which make answering them especially challenging: bad texts. We’ll read shockingly awful poetry and prose and then strive together to find the profit in it. You will cringe, wince and (hopefully!) enjoy yourself.

To find out more about our masterclass programme as well as submit a booking request, please visit our website: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/masterclasses

Suitable For:

Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 4 (Students aged 14-16)
Bookings by Teachers for Key Stage 5 (Students aged 16-18)
Individuals (Enquiry not required to be through a school)

Duration:

Short Session

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Minimum number of students:

1



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