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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5406M Narrative Perspectives in Practice

30 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Campbell Edinborough

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students wishing to enrol on the module from outside the host programme (MA in Writing for Performance and Digital Media) are required to demonstrate an existing creative writing practice and may be required to provide a sample of their recent work.

Module replaces

PECI5402M Story Workshop

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module encourages you to consider how the act of reading informs the act of writing - drawing on a wide range of texts from literature, critical theory, theatre, screen and new media.Within the module, you will explore the ways in which the study of narratology and narrative aesthetics can be used to critically inform creative writing practices across a range of media. Through investigating research from the fields of narratology, literary theory, performance studies and creative writing studies, you will think through the implications of different critical perspectives within your creative writing practice. During the module, you will undertake a series of narrative creative writing experiments (exploring perspective, structure, characterisation, genre and form), learning to root your creative writing practice in critical engagement with narratological research.


To develop a critically engaged understanding of narratological theory and narrative aesthetics, in order to establish practical strategies for applying that knowledge within creative writing practice.

Learning outcomes
1. Contextualise and critique theoretical concepts and knowledge from the fields of narratology and narrative aesthetics.
2. Critically analyse examples of narrative creative writing with reference to a developing knowledge and understanding of narratological theory.
3. Develop strategies for applying their critical understanding of narratological theory within their own creative writing practice.
4. Define and realise a piece of narrative creative writing informed by critical engagement with the fields of narratology and narrative aesthetics.


Indicative content:
- Introducing key perspectives on narrative and narratological theory.
- Contextualising narratological theory in relation to different historical contexts and artistic movements.
- Contextualising narratological theory in relation to ideas about reception and audience.
- Considering the political implications of narrative aesthetics, with particular reference to the project of decolonisation.
- Debating the value of narratological theories for practising writers.
- Exploring the application of theoretical perspectives within creative writing practice.
- Framing creative writing practice in relation to current debates about practice as research.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning101.0010.00
Private study hours267.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students are required to engage with (reading and reflection) relevant examples of creative writing, storytelling and narrative art (90 hours). They are expected to pursue their own independent research through engaging with (reading and reflection) critical studies and scholarship from across the fields of narrative aesthetics, narratology, literary theory, reception theory and performance studies (90 hours). They are required to undertake weekly creative writing tasks (44 hours) and develop them for final submission within a portfolio of narrative creative writing (43 hours).

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The subject matter of each seminar will be framed with reference to the assessment tasks and learning outcomes in order for students to ask questions and receive feedback on the development of their thinking and their ideas for their assessment tasks.
Students will be given a one group-tutorial prior to submitting their essay and one individual tutorial prior to submitting their creative writing portfolio in order to provide support and monitor work in progress.
Students will be timetable for a weekly 1-hour peer-to-peer session in which they will share creative writing and give each other feedback (structured with reference to prompts provided by the module tutor).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationCritical essay (3000-3500 words)40.00
PracticalExample of narrative creative writing practice that draws on engagement with narratological and critical theory. (4000-4500 words)60.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:43:35


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