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English Language/Literature: Skills & Insight – Approaches To Analysing Previously Unseen Texts With Dr Carole Sweeney & Dr Deirdre Osborne From Goldsmiths, University of London

January 27 @ 10:30 - 11:30



In this English Language/Literature session, we are joined by two leading academics from Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Carole Sweeney and Dr Deirdre Osborne. Carole and Deirdre will run an interactive skills and insight workshop for students on Approaches To Analysing Previously Unseen Texts.

The session will be evenly split between prose and poetry.

Summary from Dr Carole Sweeney

‘Reader, I married Him’: Gender, Power and Patriarchy. Reading two extracts from novels separated by over 100 years, you will be asked to do a close textual reading engaging with questions of girls’ and women’s freedom outside of marriage and the domestic space.

Summary from Dr Deirdre Osborne

‘The Family Face’. Two poems separated by a century (1917, 2017) offer us distinct ideas about how we know who we are and the ties that bind. We will consider what secrets are revealed across the generations and what gets passed on in unexpected ways that foregrounds mothers, race and inheritances.


The session will develop skills and approaches to support students in their English Language/Literature studies.

Lecturer Profiles (Please Click): Dr Carole Sweeney & Dr Deirdre Osborne


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, English Language/Literature and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance, with respect to challenges they may face or questions they have. Students can also think about questions they have about studying English Language/Literature at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans (similar to Zoom) and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



January 27
10:30 - 11:30
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