Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Experimental Writing

Module Q3199

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module considers why and how writers produce new forms. It explores the historical and current uses of a variety of names for writing that defies generic expectations ('innovative,' 'avant-garde,' 'experimental,' 'difficult,' and 'cross-genre,' to name a few). The module will require that students read a wide range of exemplary texts (likely but not necessarily chosen from the modern and contemporary periods) that eschew easy generic categorisation. A particular theme or problem may be selected by the tutor each year (e.g., cross-genre writing, innovative poetics, documentary writing, speculative fiction). Readings might include work by Walter Benjamin, Andrea Brady, Anne Carson, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Renee Gladman, Bernadette Mayer, Fred Moten, Harryette Mullen, Maggie Nelson, Raymond Queneau, Charles Resnikoff, Sophie Robinson, Fran Ross, Muriel Rukeyser, Monique Wittig. Critical inquiry will focus on the effects of formal techniques within specific literary historical and social contexts. Students will also develop their own writing, and up to 50% of class time may be devoted to workshopping student work. As writers, students may be asked to identify the tensions or contradictions that animate their writing and to work up, in structured, experimental, or procedural fashion, a set of formal mechanisms for reframing these tensions. The module will help students to bring creative writing and critical practice together in order best to navigate their aims and objectives for writing. Final assessment will involve a critical/creative dissertation of 6,000 words.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts raised by their special subject (the history of experimentation in writing).

Define a topic for research which is appropriate to the module.

Organise complex material in an extended piece of written work.

Articulate their aims and objectives as writers and develop creative practice in this light.

Dissertation (6000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Ms Emma Carlyle

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Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

Dr Samuel Solomon

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

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