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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: English Short Name: ELI3010
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: DOLOUGHAN F Dr (English)
Number of credits: 40 Number of ECTS credits: 20
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Critical Commentary of 2,500 words on a Narrative Text




Portfolio of Creative Writing




Reflective Narrative of 2,000 words on student’s own Creative Writing




Module Overview
Assuming a dynamic relationship between the critical and the creative, the theoretical and the practical, this module will view creative writing as the apt and transformative use of existing sets of resources in particular professional and creative contexts including media and film, Audiovisual Translation and Audio Description; fiction and life-writing; and poetry. It will focus in semester one on notions of authorship, attribution and agency; textual mediation and intertextuality, ‘originality’ and ‘hybridity’. Semester two will be more practice-based, consisting of workshops in which students will be grouped, broadly speaking, according to disciplinary specialism and/or the contexts in which they wish to explore and improve their creative writing skills.
It is assumed that students taking the CW Pathway will have successfully completed HE levels 2 + 3.
Module Aims

The module aims to:


  • provide a critical and narratological framework which will allow students to evaluate their own work and that of others


  • provide opportunities for structured creative and critical work


  • create a space for text production in a variety of professional domains and genres


  • provide opportunities for self-reflection and reflections on the writing and production process
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:


  • demonstrate understanding of the relationship between critical and creative practices


  • show familiarity with a range of narrative practices and perspectives


  • engage in reasoned critical analysis of particular texts and of their own texts


  • produce a range of texts, deemed to be fit for purpose, in response to particular briefs in specific professional and creative contexts
Module Content

Semester 1


Weekly Lecture and Seminar (Weekly readings and lecture outlines will be found in the Module Handbook)


Week 1


Introduction to module: What is narrative?



Week 2


The basic elements of narrative



Week 3


Narrative time



Week 4


Narrative space



Week 5


Authorship, attribution and agency



Week 6


Textual mediation and intertextuality



Week 7


Narrative media



Week 8


Film narratives



Week 9


Media narratives



Week 10


Photographic narratives



Week 11


Audiodescriptive narratives



Christmas Vacation



Week 12





Weeks 13





Weeks 14





Week 15


Reading week in preparation for semester 2



Semester 2 (Workshop sessions, including tutor lecture input, student discussion and writing exercises; full details in Module Handbook)


Week 1


Models of creative practice



Week 2


Drawing on experience: autobiography and life-writing



Week 3


Drawing on other texts: transposition and adaptation



Week 4


The language of things: precision and exactitude



Week 5


Translating space and representing place



Week 6


Representing time



Week 7


Reporting speech



Week 8


Developing a theme



Week 9


Sequencing and hierarchy



Easter vacation



Week 10


Revising and editing



Week 11


Review of module



Week 12





Weeks 13


Exams/ Assessment



Weeks 14





Weeks 15





Assessment Deadlines:



Critical Commentary: 12/01/11


Portfolio (1): 23/02/11


Portfolio (2): 09/03/11


Portfolio (3): 11/05/11


Reflective Narrative: 18/05/11
Methods of Teaching/Learning
2 hours per week across the year to include lecture input; seminar input; and writing workshops/practical exercises.
Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended Reading


Allen, G. (2000), Intertextuality. Abingdon and New York : Routledge


Bassnett, S. and P. Bush (eds) (2006), The Translator as Writer. London and New York : Continuum


Bell , J. and P. Magrs (eds.) (2001), The Creative Writing Coursebook. London : Macmillan


Calvino, I. (1996), Six Memos for the New Millennium. London : Vintage


Cobley, P. (2001), Narrative. London and New York : Routledge


Currie, M. (1998), Postmodern Narrative Theory. Basingstoke : Palgrave


Dawson, P. (2005), Creative Writing and the New Humanities. London and New York : Routledge


Eco, U. (2003), Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation. London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson


Herman, D. (2002), Story Logic: Problems and Possibilities of Narrative. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press


Herman, D. (ed) (2007), The Cambridge Companion to Narrative.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


Herman, D. (2009), Basic Elements of Narrative. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell


Hutcheon, L. (2006), A Theory of Adpatation. New York and London : Routledge


Iser, W. (1993), The Fictive and the Imaginary: Charting Literary Anthropology. Baltimore and London, The Johns Hopkins Press


McQuillan, M. (2000), The Narrative Reader. Abingdon and New York : Routledge


Mills, P. (1996), Writing in Action. London and New York : Routledge


Morley, D. (2007), The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing. Cambridge : CUP.


Nasta, S. (ed.) (2004), Writing Across Worlds: contemporary writers talk. London and New York : Routledge,


Perteghella, M. and E. Loffredo (eds) (2006), Translation and Creativity: Perspectives on Creative Writing and Translation Studies. London and New York : Continuum


Readman, M (2003), Teaching Scriptwriting, Screenplays and Storyboards for Film and TV Production. London : British Film Institute


Rimmon-Kenan, S. (1983), Narrative Fiction: Contemporary Poetics. London and New York : Routledge


Scott, C. (2000), Translating Baudelaire. Exeter: University of Exeter Press.


Toolan, M. (2001), Narrative: A Critical Linguistic Introduction (Second Edition). Routledge: London and New York
Last Updated

5 July 2010 JG