Deconstruction and Creative Writing (887Q3B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module focuses on deconstruction, especially in relation to the work of Jacques Derrida, and on the theory and practice of creative writing. Following a preliminary discussion of the question 'what is deconstruction?', we will explore a series of topics including the gift, madness, secrets and drugs. You will explore texts by Kafka, Borges, Katherine Mansfield, Blanchot and Harry Mathews, for example, as well as work by Derrida and Cixous. You will concentrating on detailed reading and discussion of a range of deconstructive, critical and literary texts.

You will have the opporutinity to submit a term-paper that can (if you wish), include a creative writing as well as a critical component.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.