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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3004 The Writings of Graham Greene

20 creditsClass Size: 22

School of English

Module manager: Professor Michael G Brennan

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Graham Greene is one of the most prolific of twentieth-century British prose writers. This module will allow students to study the full range and development of his literary career. The set texts will illustrate a wide range of major literary, political, religious, and social concerns in Greene's writings from the late-1920s until the 1980s. Examples from his journalism, short stories, dramatic writings, and film work will also be made available.


This module will develop its students’ range of literary and analytical skills in both their written and verbal responses to the generic diversity and imaginative creativity of Greene’s writings. It will also develop its students’ time management, organizational, research and bibliographical skills and enhance IT skills necessary for both locating and retrieving relevant primary and secondary materials and the production of formative and assessed work to the required presentational standards.

Learning outcomes
1. The capacity to analyse and critically examine Graham Greene’s literary texts in their various genres and historical and cultural contexts.
2. The ability to manage and articulate quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way through reading and researching in preparation for seminars and the assessed work.
3. The capacity for independent and imaginative thought, judgement and critical reasoning through participation in seminar discussions, presentations and planning/writing of the assessed work.
4. The ability to produce informative close readings in a variety of the literary forms offered by Graham Greene’s writings.
5. The ability to present verbally and in writing a range of ideas and approaches to literary texts while also remaining open to alternative perspectives.
6. A broad awareness of Graham Greene’s significance and contribution to twentieth-century English prose writings.


The module examines how Greene’s career as a writer of prose fiction began during the late-1920s and early 1930s with novels which have been described as thrillers, romances and entertainments but then moved on during the 1940s to fictions which explored complex moral, political and religious issues. During the 1950s and 1960s his writings sustained these concerns but also engaged more overtly with political and international issues while his works during the 1970s and 1980s became more radical and experimental. Samples from Greene’s extensive journalism, short stories, dramatic writings and film work are also made available and utilized to illuminate key aspects of his literary methods and creative aims.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be required to submit an essay plan of up to 750 words with formative feedback in writing and via individual consultations. Written feedback will also be provided on the assessed 4,000 word essay. Feedback will be provided on the discussions in the weekly seminars and the short presentations made by the students. One of the lectures will focus specifically on the assessed essay, including feedback on questions raised by students both before the lecture and during it.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4000 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: 02/05/2023


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