Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Special Author: William Blake

Module Q3197B

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

One of the most idiosyncratic writers and artists in British history, William Blake has had an outstanding influence on global creative cultures today. In this module, you will read many of Blake's illuminated books, learning about their experimental material form, and how they emerged from the literary and visual cultures of late eighteenth-century London. You will have the chance to examine Blake's original illuminations in the British Museum. We will consider the creative contributions made by Catherine Blake (married to William), and the challenges to researchers of interpreting this collaboration. In the second half of the module we discuss the reception of Blake, exploring his influence on later writers and artists, from popular culture to experimental literature. This is likely to include poetry by Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg and Iain Sinclair, fiction by Philip Pullman, Alastair Gray and Angela Carter, a film directed by Jim Jarmusch and a graphic novel by Alan Moore. There will be a writing workshop in which you are invited to explore creative reception in practice (a creative-critical option will allow those who wish to develop this in the mid-term assessment).

Module learning outcomes

Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work.

Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced.

Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained.

Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 100.00%

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


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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111

How to read the week pattern

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

Dr Bethan Stevens

Assess convenor, Convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

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