|Assessment length / details
|Essay (1 x 2000 word essay)
|2 Hours Exam
|RESUBMIT MISSED OR FAILED ESSAY 2000 Words
|2 Hours RE-SIT EXAM Resit examination
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an informed critical understanding of selected examples of contemporary writing.
2. Relate these texts to contemporary cultural concerns and contexts.
3. Write about contemporary literary texts in a structured and disciplined manner.
1) narratives of trauma and testimony; and
2) ideas of place and environment.
Other topics of discussion will include: literature and apocalypse; national identity; gender and sexuality; form and experiment. In this way, the module will enable students to engage with a variety of topics and concepts that they will encounter at a higher level in Part Two.
EN10520 Contemporary Writing continues to be a popular option module in the department’s Part One provision. This revised version seeks to build upon its existing strengths whilst also making some improvements. Because of the nature of the topic itself, Contemporary Writing is likely to require periodic revision and updating on a fairly regular basis. The main change introduced in this revised version of the module is the reduction in the number of texts studied – from eight to four – allowing for more sustained and detailed engagements with the primary texts, their contexts, and a range of related critical ideas. Several lectures will provide students with focused advice on the modes of assessment used on the module, and there are also four thematic lectures to supplement the text-focused teaching delivery that is at the core of this module.
2. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 1
3. The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 2
4. Pigeon, Alys Conran 1
5. Pigeon, Alys Conran 2
6. How to be Both, Ali Smith 1
7. How to be Both, Ali Smith 2
8. Shut Up Shut Down Mark Nowak 1
9. Shut Up Shut Down Mark Nowak 2
10.Where are we now? Final thoughts and exam revision
|Application of Number
|Written - developing a sustained critical argument Oral - group discussions adn seminar presentations (not assessed)
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Independent research and reading
|Use of word-processing packages, use of Blackboard and other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Increased critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT, communication and research skills
|By evaluative analysis and critical skills
|By independent research and synthesizing information in an evaluative argument
|Subject Specific Skills
|Reading, writing and researching skills involved in the interrogation of literary texts, and the conceptual/theoretical analysis of works of imaginative literature in relation to a range of other non- literary texts
|Group work in seminars and/or through the preparation of paired presentations for seminars
This module is at CQFW Level 4