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Postgraduate English 2020-2021

EL5072: CREATIVE WRITING I

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The course engages students in a variety of activities designed to develop their creativity and originality, as well as in specific tasks to test and extend their skill in the writing of poetry. Students will attempt imitations of a variety of different poetic styles, will be provided with a number of specific 'stimulus' exercises and will develop and revise their poems both independently and in regular workshop sessions.

EL5092: APPROACHING LITERATURE

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course examines some critical approaches and theories that have shaped modern literary inquiry. An organising theme of the course is different notions of ‘text’, ranging from historicist definitions of the ‘material text’ to poststructuralist theories of intertextuality and the practice of modern textual editing. The relevance to literature of different types of context is also explored, as are the interpretative possibilities of various forms of ideological critique, including feminism and post-colonialism. Throughout the course students are exposed to a wide variety of primary and secondary texts.

EL5095: CREATIVE WRITING III: NON-FICTION

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course is devoted to the development of non-fiction creative prose. Among the themes and genres engaged with will be: travel writing, psychogeography, non-academic critical writing, prose poetry, diary, memoir, and the fragment. Students will study examples across the genre and build up a portfolio of work, discussion of which will form the basis of weekly workshops.  

EL50C5: THE NOVEL: ENVIRONMENTS AND ENCOUNTERS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This module explores how the evolution of the novel form has allowed, and required, authors to find new ways of depicting spaces, places and interactions (between characters in particular environments, but also between characters and their environment). This chronologically wide-ranging course moves from the early days of the novel form through to contemporary fiction, allowing for an opportunity to study the many literary tactics that authors have employed to create the settings for their works – from vast historical backdrops, to natural spaces, to urban environments, to smaller domestic and private places. It also us to consider how different cultural moments have prompted authors to rethink how they represent characters’ encounters with the world around them, and with the other cultures, races, species and genders that inhabit that world. As well as narrative theories, students will have the chance to study canonical and less well-known texts from angles informed by current critical approaches such as ecocriticism, animal studies, postcolonial and queer theory.

EL5567: CREATIVE WRITING II

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Taught by experienced, award-winning writers, this course will engage students in a variety of activities designed to develop their creativity and originality, as well as in specific tasks to test and extend their technical skill in the writing of prose fiction. Students will be encouraged to develop an awareness of the centrality of narrative voice, to experiment with a variety of different narrative styles and to develop and revise their work in the context of workshop discussion and individually targeted feedback from course tutors.

EL5590: LOCATIONS AND DISLOCATIONS: THE ROLE OF PLACE IN LITERATURE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course examines the social, political and cultural construction of place in literary texts. The imaginative co-ordinates of places such as ‘Scotland’, or ‘England’ exist in a constant state of flux, refusing to yield an essential, authentic image. Using core texts from the early modern period paired with more recent literary responses we explore the idea of place in its various forms. Key themes and issues to be discussed will include the rural and urban divide; literature and nationhood; the nature of community; the significance of emigration, and displacement; walking texts, metropolitan literature, and ideas of the “new world” 

EL5596: PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT FOR ARTS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Art and culture are integral to our daily lives, and the ways in which these are experienced are continually changing. Whether it is in a street performance, a public gallery, an academic festival, a webcast, a documentary or in social media, the relationship between the creative artist and those who consume it, is complex and can itself be a creative process. This course explores the many ways in which creative materials can be brought to public view, and how different forms of communication, aural, verbal and visual, can enhance public engagement with aesthetic experiences and the discourses around these.

EL5598: APPROACHING LITERATURE 2

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course examines some critical approaches and theories that have shaped modern literary inquiry. The course explores different perspective on and approaches to literary texts. The relevance to literature of different types of context is also explored, as are the interpretative possibilities of various forms of ideological critique. Throughout the course students are exposed to a wide variety of primary and secondary texts.

EL55C2: WRITING THE SELF

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

What is at stake in writing autobiographical texts? What are the forms writers have used to write themselves? Is autobiography simply, as Oscar Wilde states, the lowest form of criticism? Looking at a range of texts from the Medieval period to the present, with a special focus on women’s writing, this course examines the formal, ethical, political, and aesthetic choices writers make when writing themselves.

EL55C3: A SOCIAL AND TEXTUAL HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Of all ‘Barbarian’ languages, English is one of the longest recorded. This is both a blessing and a curse: there are texts from all periods of the language’s history which are available for study; linguistic and social changes have meant that these texts are often difficult to read. This course will give you the opportunity to learn how best to read these texts the best way this can be done: by reading the texts in an informed manner.

EL55C4: WRITING PROSE FICTION: THE JOURNEY.

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will concentrate on the often protean process of writing fiction in longer forms, simultaneously exploring the potential of expanding, extending or even transforming students’ work. While creating prose, students will develop their understanding of fiction writing and storytelling but always in relation to exploring the potential of plot and character development. Students will arrive at satisfying samples of work with reasoned potential for expansion. Through supportive sessions, students will conclude the course with a completed, rounded segment of work but with clear ideas of plotting and where their story can journey on forward to. 

EL55C6: WORK PLACEMENT FOR MSC CULTURAL AND CREATIVE COMMUNICATION

60 credits

Level 5

Summer School

This course is an opportunity for students studying the MSc in Cultural and Creative Communication to gain valuable work experience by doing a project-based placement with a cultural or creative organisation.

EL5904: DISSERTATION IN ENGLISH LITERARY STUDIES (MLITT)

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

Candidates will be required to research and write a 15,000 dissertation on a subject and in an area approved by the supervisor and the Head of School.

EL5906: DISSERTATION: CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

This course will provide students with the opportunity to write an extended folio of creative work in either poetry or prose. It will provide students with the opportunity to explore and extend their creative ambitions in writing and, through the reflective commentary element, enable them to contextualise their own creative achievements in relation to works by established writers. Throughout the evolution of the folio, the student will develop a thorough practical awareness of some of the key stylistic, formal and expressive possibilities available to the skilled creative writer.

EL5914: DISSERTATION IN CULTURAL AND CREATIVE COMMUNICATION

60 credits

Level 5

Third Sub Session

Under individual supervision, students will write a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic relating to cultural and creative communication to be approved by the Programme Co-ordinator.

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