Module Identifier ENM0320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Timothy S Woods  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor Peter T Barry, Professor Timothy S Woods  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Tutorial. 2 hours every other week for Semester One  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: One piece of written work (5,000 words), which will focus upon a critical engagement with a theoretical essay from an imaginative perspective. 


The key aim of the module is to encourage students to think systematically about elements of writing, seeing composition as a series of choices from within a finite set of options concerning such elements as plot, viewpoint, and poetic form. The module will be in two sections, with three sessions on narratology, followed by two on poetics. The emphasis will be on the practical analysis of selected literary works, from a practitioner's point-of-view rather than that of the literary critic.

1. Plot Repertoires
The idea of plot repertoires will be introduced using the early structuralist work on folk narratives by Vladimir Propp and Alexander Greimas. Students will be asked to consider any corpus of tales known to them in these terms (for example, sea tales by Joseph Conrad, stories for children such as the "William" books, or romantic stories by a specific author or from a specific series).

2. Points-of-View
This session will introduce such notions as the implied reader (from Wayne Booth), the narratee (from Gerald Prince), and the heterodiegetic narrator (from Gerard Genette), and investigate their usefulness in practical analysis.

3. Meta-Fictions
This session will focus on the practice of "narratorial self-conciousness", especially in modernist fiction, exploring the possibilities and the limitations of the "text which is known to itself". The question asked will be whether a text can undercut the illusion of its own realism with impunity.

4. Modernist Poetics
This session essentially asks the same questions as the previous one, but of poetry rather than prose. It will experiment with transposing a "unified/linear" poem to a fragmented, spatial, free-verse format.

5. Postmodernist Poetics
This session asks, firstly, if there exists a distinctive poetics which can be termed "postmodernist". A number of candidates for this category will be looked at, including brief video extracts of poets performing their own work.


This module is at CQFW Level 7