Is literary history possible? Discuss one or more of the problems with the concept of literary history.

1.(Module Explanation), It has often been suggested that the very idea of literary history of a narrative that understands, classifies, and explains, the English literary past is an inherent impossibility. The relationship between literature and the history of the time of its creation is an equally vexed and productive question. This module will look at the various ways in which literature in the last few centuries has combined with the study of history, with significant changes in the ways in which works of the past are viewed, and also how histories of literature began to be constructed (a history of literary histories, so to speak) paying attention to such questions as the development of the literary canon, periodicity, inclusions and exclusions, rediscoveries, and lack of representation. It will also look at the ways in which literary biography, autobiography and life-writing relate to the creation of literary histories. We will introduce key topics in the area and apply them to a variety of types of literature from different historical periods, and the myriad critical ways in which such literature has been
viewed, retrospectively, from 1500 to the present.

2.Structuring, the basic structure for your essay consists of an introduction and a conclusion separated by a series of paragraphs each progressively developing your argument. You will knowthis already. ?The introduction should identify the topic of your essay, the approach you intend to use, and the text/sor materials that you will be writing on. It is also possible to use the introduction to grab the readers attention by some eye-catching statement, quotation or statistic, but this can back-fire. Read itover to yourself to be sure it is not going to alienate your reader. The introduction is notintended to contain broad generalisations about your topic, your material, your views on the material, or anything else.?The argument developed in the main bodyof the essaywill be dictated mainly by the question or title youhave chosen. Itis often logical to move from the general to the particular in your work, starting with a shortsurvey of the critical, theoretical, literary or cultural context for the text/s before moving on to make particular points. However, be sure to keep relating the individual points backto the main context and focus of your essay as you proceed. ?Where the questionrequires you to write on or compare two or more texts, you should structure theessay around the argument you are making, considering each successive point in relation to each text, rather than giving each text a separate section within theessay. ?Each paragraph should contain one point, fully explained, accompanied by the evidenceyouare offering for your statement.?The conclusion should be short, and include a brief summary of the argument you have developed in the essay. It should not contain anything which contradicts the rest of the work, or any new ideas or points that you have not discussed already.

3.Writing, DO NOT include irrelevant information.
You should also avoid making statements to the effect that Dickens is well-known, successful, good at writing, the greatest Victorian novelist, etc.

DO ensure that you are answering the question that is beingasked. What you should produce are points relevant to the question, including specific examples chosen from the text to support your argument, and, where appropriate, references to relevant criticism by other scholars.

DO ensure that you acknowledge all ideas taken from the work of others, as well as providingreferences for all quotations. Information that is widelyknown does not needto be acknowledged, but all specific ideas must be attributed to their owner

DO distinguish between primary evidence and secondary comment or criticism. Evidence comes from the textor material about which you are writing in your essay. Comment or criticism is what other people have already written about it (or what you might have heard in a lecture about it). You should use comment and criticism to stimulate your own ideas and help develop your own argument. You should cite evidence in support of your argument, and not simply the published views of critics. You should then follow your argument through to its conclusion, acknowledging the ideas of other critics without being derivative (seethe section onPlagiarismbelow).

4.Your word count includes all quotations, citations, footnotes and endnotes, but excludes the essay title, tables and figures, and the set of references or bibliography at the end. Appendices containing either data or passages used for analysis are also excluded from the word count. You must not substantially repeat material which you have previously submitted for this or any other module in English or in any other School or department. Repeated use of material can result in being awarded fewer or no marks for the assessment.
Ensure that you have sourced and acknowledged all secondary material.

Finally, use Mahra to refrence.