Science and Literature (Q3279)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module explores how literary texts have engaged with science from the 19th Century to the present, from Edgar Allan Poe’s detective fiction to H.G. Wells’ 'The Time Machine' and Margaret Atwood’s 'Oryx and Crake'.

We will consider how literary modes and genres such as realism and utopia developed in dialogue with scientific knowledge and practices. We will discuss how science can be a form of literature, examining the roles of narrative, language and metaphor in scientific texts by authors such as Darwin.

In addition, we will analyse how literature and science have been imagined as different or overlapping forms of knowledge.


100%: Coursework (Essay, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.