Module code: ELIM049

Module Overview

This module is intended to appeal to both English Literature and Creative Writing Students. The module will focus on contemporary literature, exploring 21stC literary forms, modes and genres including game writing, autofiction, speculative fiction, specialist poetry, Hypertext, and experimental fiction. These will be considered alongside traditional modes such as Realism, Romance, and genres such as Travel Writing and Historical Fiction. The module will provide students with a grounding in 21stC literary innovations that may be explored from critical and creative perspectives.
The all-group lectures/seminars will be used to introduce the formal aspects of the literary forms, modes, while the tailored workshops will consist of practical exercises and discussion designed to show how literary critics and creative writers engage respectively with the forms, modes, and genres introduced.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

THOMPSON Carl (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Exact module content may vary from year to year, but indicative content includes:

• Game Writing
• Autofiction
• Speculative Fiction
• Specialist Poetry
• Historical Fiction
• Hypertext
• Experimental Fiction
• Contemporary Realism

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Critical Essay (3000 words) OR Creative Portfolio (2500 words) plus Critical Commentary (500 words) 100

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes. Seminar and workshop discussions with ongoing tutor feedback are designed to assess professional/practical skills in communicating ideas orally and transferable skills in working individually and collaboratively. These also assess subject knowledge relating to formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of 21stC literature. Workshops will also assess cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in the analysis of literary form and language, as well as the creative application of such forms, modes and genres. The 3000-word critical essay assesses subject knowledge relating to the close analysis of form, meaning and language, as well as cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking, and professional/practical skills in communicating ideas in writing. It also assesses subject knowledge relating to formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of 21stC literature. The 3000-word essay further assesses transferable skills, namely the ability to conduct research for written work in an organised and critical fashion and to develop and communicate imaginative and rigorous arguments. The 2500-word creative portfolio and 500-word critical commentary encourages the development of students’ skills in creative writing (prose fiction, drama and/or poetry) and their understanding of the context of their work in historical and cultural terms, as well as in terms of other creative writing in the field. Productive and informed critical reflection on both the literary writing itself and the secondary material that surrounds it will provide a context for their creative writing on themes related to developments in the literary marketplace.

The summative assessment for this module consists of:

• A critical essay (3000 words) or

• A creative portfolio (2500 words) + critical commentary (500 words) Formative assessment and feedback Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussion and tutor feedback in seminars.

Module aims

  • • Introduce students to literary innovations in the 21stC and consider their emergence in the context of postmodern culture;
  • • Critically assess the impact of new forms, modes, and genres on the literary marketplace;
  • • Equip students to identify and interrogate the ways in which such innovations interact with other media;
  • • Enable students to identify and critique literary influences and reinventions;
  • • Encourage students to develop their own writerly styles and abilities in the light of 21stC literary and creative developments.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Recognise the cultural importance of 21stC literary innovations K
002 Identify the cultural contexts that have informed such innovations K
003 Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and engagement with theoretical debates that inform contemporary literary and cultural productions C
004 Analyse key developments in literary forms, modes and genres
005 Develop a creative project informed by a literary form, mode, or genre explored in this module [Creative Writing students]

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge; to develop cognitive/ analytical skills; to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills; and to acknowledge the different learning environments required by literary critics and creative writers. The module will be delivered through alternating weeks consisting of lecture/seminar and workshop formats: one 2-hour lecture/seminar followed by 2 x 2 hour workshops tailored to suit the respective needs of literature and creative writing students. The module places emphasis on student-led learning, and enables students to develop their skills in analysing, communicating, and debating ideas. The module content is research-led and asks students to develop a sophisticated understanding of formal, contextual, critical, and theoretical approaches to the study of 21stC literary forms, modes and genres. This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 7, is designed to develop subject knowledge and to develop transferable and professional skills, with an emphasis on sophisticated student-led involvement, critical analysis and discussion.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• 2-hour lecture/seminar: 5 weeks

• 2-hour workshop: 5 weeks

• Revision workshop: 1 week

• Independent Study

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Creative Writing MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
English Literature MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2020/1 academic year.