Genres in European Literature

Module code: R9033
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, considers key genres or styles in 20th-century European literature.

These may vary from time to time, but will typically include several of the following:

  • the novel and narrative theory
  • the short story or novella
  • women's writing
  • (auto)biography
  • translation as a genre
  • 'faction' (the blurring of fact and fiction)
  • the detective novel.

Equally, the authors and works selected for study (in English translation) may vary, but will normally include at least one prominent writer in each of French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will demonstrate detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of one or more key genres of 20th-century European literature.
  • S/he will demonstrate some critical appreciation of culturally different uses of the same or similar genres.
  • S/he will evidence sophisticated intellectual engagement with the philosophical, psychological, moral, social, cultural, political or other issues arising from the works studied.
  • S/he will demonstrate the capacity to deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry in order to construct an extensive and coherent argument expressed in highly literate and appropriate English.