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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

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 2020/21. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: