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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Creative Writing and Critical Life

Programme code:MA-ENG/CWCLUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jay Prosser Contact

This programme is available to UK and EU applicants for part time study (over 2 academic years). Please contact for further information.

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree (First or 2:i or its equivalent) in English Literature, or a degree scheme including English Literature, or in a related subject. Appropriate IELTS where applicable.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of English

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of English

Programme specification:

The programme will develop students’ skills in both creative writing and critical thinking. The programme is distinctive in that it explores the history, generic conventions and experimental possibilities of both creative literary forms and schools of critical thought. The programme’s distinction also inheres in the fact that it considers the intersection between critical and creative writing. Questioning the boundaries between the ‘scholarly’ and the ‘creative’, this programme attends to and enables the emergence of new forms of writing. It does this in a way that enables students to examine. both established and emergent literary forms.

Through readings of genres and texts that are both ‘canonical’ and emergent, this programme also addresses the concept of ‘critical life’. In dialogue with fields such as gender studies and queer theory, postcolonialism and race theory, psychoanalysis and poststructuralist theory, the programme encourages critical reflection on ‘life’ as a concept and category. It does this with an emphasis on moments and contexts where life is in a critical condition, under various forms of threat. A major focus of the programme is on how such conditions and the questions they provoke lead to both creative and critical acts.

Course content covers a range of genres, including creative nonfiction, prose fiction, and poetry. Pedagogical and writing approaches also allow for creative practice as research.

Students write a critical/creative research project / dissertation on a subject of their choice with the assistance of specialist supervision. All students can have at their disposal the research resources of the University's Brotherton Library. This distinctive programme allows students to explore further areas which may not have figured significantly in their undergraduate programme. It affords an excellent platform for work at doctoral level, including creative practice as doctoral research.

Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates willl be required to study the following compulsory modules:

ENGL5842MResearch Project60 credits1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth)
ENGL5845MWriting Identities: Criticism, Creativity, Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 90 credits from the following optional modules:

A minimum of two modules (60 credits) should be taken from the following list of programme-specific option modules.

ENGL5346MSo Where do you come from? Selves, Families, Stories30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5831MFeeling Time30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5833MThe Magic of Mimesis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5847MWar, Mourning, Memory: 1914-193930 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.

A maximum of one module (30 credits) may be taken from the list of all other English MA modules. Some modules are subject to availability - see individual descriptions.

ENGL5105MCaribbean and Black British Writing30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5117MRomantic Identities: Literary Constructions of the Self, 1789-182130 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5343MAfricas of the Mind30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5345MReading (with) Psychoanalysis30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5700MWriting, Archives, Race30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5737MPostcolonialism, Animals and the Environment30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5756MFictions of Citizenship in Contemporary American Literature30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5760MThe Enigmatic Body of Modernism30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5828MGlobal Indigeneity30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5830MApprentices to Life: The Nineteenth-Century Bildungsroman30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5834MRomantic Ecologies30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5835MThe Literature of Crisis: Politics and Gender in 1790s Britain30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
ENGL5837MVictorian New Media30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5850MCulture and Anarchy: 1945-196830 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
ENGL5860MTurks, Moors, and Jews: Race and Identity in English Renaissance Drama30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Please note that this is an indicative module list. A different selection of modules is offered each year.

Elective modules:

Candidates may take up to 30 credits in approved modules outside the School of English.

Subject to approval from the Programme Leader, if a module from the section immediately above is NOT taken, a maximum of 30 credits may be taken from approved modules outside of the school such as those listed below

PECI5406MNarrative Perspectives in Practice30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PECI5407MDigital and Intermedial Storytelling30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Please note that this is an indicative module list.

Last updated: 01/09/2021 12:44:33


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