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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL5831M Feeling Time

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Denis Flannery

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

As for MA programme

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students will have obtained a deepened awareness of the different kinds of relationship that can exist between the experience of temporality on the one hand and the differing practices of literary, theatrical and cinematic representation on the other. This module encourages a particular focus on the American context for a consideration of these questions. Through the use of the module booklet students will have the opportunity not only to encounter a range of writings on the module’s key concepts but also to consider how the differing scholarly styles represented in the booklet can provide opportunities for reflection on their own academic writing and can act as kinds of inspiration for the development of their own written work.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively;
- the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse;
- the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way;
- the capacity for independent thought and judgement;
- critical reasoning;
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its
- IT skills;
- efficient time management and organisation skills;
- the ability to learn independently.

Skills outcomes
Masters (Taught), Postgraduate Diploma & Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- to engage critically in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Work in the Humanities has, in recent years, become increasingly interested in the relationship between time and the feelings, practices and representations of everyday life. ‘Temporality’ has also become an increasingly employed category in the understanding of political struggle and cultural dissonance, whether national, political, religious, economic or sexual. The rise of the internet and its concomitant expectations of instantaneous resolution have also coincided with a will – in current art and theory – to slow time down, to provide it with texture and to make it an object of contemplation. These developments have all built on the very special and charged relationship between time and feeling that we encounter when we read literary texts and encounter other aesthetic forms. The pleasures these readings and encounters afford are intimately connected with transformations in our sense of time. In such moments of reading and encounter time can be concentrated or stretched. When we read we are often taken to other times or asked to imagine different futures. Different eras speak to each other in such moments and time cane be experienced as – among other things – endurance, languor, ecstasy or shock. This module affords students the opportunity to explore these questions through encounters with a range of, predominantly American, texts (fictional, dramatic, autobiographical and cinematic) from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Priority for places on this module will be given to students on the MA Creative Writing & Critical Life programme.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours280.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading, researching, seminar preparation, essay writing: 280 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

One unassessed essay of 1,700 words

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/09/2022 14:35:56


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