20 credits at level HE6
Exploring an exciting range of fictional texts by British authors published during the last decade
Critically analysing representations and conceptualisations of "intimacy" as manifested in the texts studied on the module
Reflecting upon and evaluating the response of the reader to the "intimate" in contemporary British fiction
Analytically focussing upon themes of identity, memory and inter-subjectivity through the lens of contemporary theoretical models of subjectivity
Shena Mackay, The Orchard on Fire: Testimony, Memory and Friendship
Minette Walters, The Shape of Snakes: Secrecy, Veiling and the problematics of Neighbourhood
Pat Barker, Reneration: Collective Trauma, Re-membrance, Healing and the ambivalences of "brotherhood"
Helen Simpson, Hey, Yeah, Right, Get a Life: Motherhood, Parenting and Pleasure
Sarah Waters, Affinity: Pastiche, Inter-subjectivity and Betrayal
Jim Crace, Being Dead: Mortality, Separation and Togetherness
There will be fourteen 3hr seminars (consisting of brief mini-lectures followed by small-group workshop activities and classroom discussion). Tutorial slots will also be embedded into the timetable to offer guidance on notebook progress and essay preparation. Individual study should make up the 200 student learning hours.
Assessment will be via one essay of 2,500 words and a reflective notebook (3,000 words approx. ie 6 text-based entries of 400 words each, an introduction and conclusion)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have significantly developed your ability to critically analyse and evaluate contemporary British fictional texts.||present assignments which analyse, interpret and evaluate material convincingly and cogently|
|2.||have acquired a critical awareness of ways in which theoretical approaches can enhance our understanding of intimacy as a pre-occupation in the current age||apply theoretical models and critical vocabulary with accuracy and precision in analysing the concept of intimacy|
|3.||be able to draw informed comparisons between thematic and stylistic attributes of contemporaneous texts||synthesise your readings of individual texts via drawing a continuous thematic or analytical thread through your notebook|
|4.||have developed your independence in formulating and substantiating textual interpretations||identify and experiment with a personalised critical voice in forging distinctive textual readings|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||2,500 Word Essay||Critical Notebook (3000 words)|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (Chicago, 1989)
Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony (Routledge, 1992)
Marilyn Friedman, What Are Friends For? Feminist Perspectives on Personal Relationships and Moral Theory (Cornell University Press, 1993)
Michael Ignatieff, The Needs of Strangers (Vintage, 1994)
Annette Kuhn, Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (Verso, 1994)
Elaine Showalter, The Female Malady: Women, Madness and English Culture 1830-1980 (Virago, 1987)
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity (Vintage, 1998)
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Studies|
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