Department of English UG Module Directory (2020)

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Time, Narrative, and Culture

Level 6 (15 credits)

This is a module that asks how an understanding of narrative can inform a wider concept of culture, and specifically how an understanding of the strange temporal structures and time-experiments of contemporary fiction reflect or produce changes in the modern experience of time. It focuses on examples of backwards narration, flashforward, transhistorical jumps and fuzzy temporality alongside a range of philosophical and social theories of time. Given that narratology is the systematic study of narrative, and that narrative is everywhere, the module also aims to assess the social and philosophical scope of narratological concepts.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Learning Context Long Seminar
Semester 2

1. Short Essay (1,500 words), 30%
2. Long Essay (3,500 words), 70%

Mode of reassessment Standard
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