Clearing 2021
MA Public Opinion and Political Behaviour
MA Audiovisual and Literary Translation options

Year 1, Component 07

Literature option from list
LT904-7-AU
The New Nature Writing
(20 CREDITS)

On this module, you approach writing about the natural world through a series of three-week units on subjects such as trees, marshes, coasts, and birds. Each unit will begin with a focus on the local – the wild east of Essex and Suffolk – before moving outwards to larger perspectives. Several of the units will involve field trips led by the writers being studied, which will include such figures as Richard Mabey and Robert Macfarlane.

LT908-7-AU
Writing the Novel
(20 CREDITS)

What inspires a writer? How do you develop your idea? What about plotting, character, structure and setting? Explore the general principles of developing a novel from initial inspiration to final draft. Undertake practical exercises to find out which writing methods best suit you and your ideas.

LT909-7-SP
Memory Maps: Practices in Psychogeography
(20 CREDITS)

A new genre of literature has been emerging: moving between fiction, history, traveller's tales, and memoir, it explores the spirit of place. This tradition of “psychogeography” has been most vividly taken up and given a new contemporary twist by writers in the eastern stretches of England, in the work of writers such as Ronald Blythe, W.G. Sebald and Iain Sinclair. This module is concerned with writing on the landscape of this region – the ways the wilder reaches of Essex and Suffolk have been depicted – and allows you to develop your critical and creative writing about place. This module usually involves a walking tour around Colchester where we will have the chance to explore these literary landscapes and experience these worlds for ourselves. Students will incur travel costs of approximately £2.50 for this trip.

LT910-7-SP
Oulipian Practice
(20 CREDITS)

How did the Oulipo (Workshop of Potential Literature) make a unique contribution to world literature? How can the group’s impact be seen in innovative writing practice? Explore Oulipan practice across a variety of writing, including poetry, performance, the novel, the short story, autobiography, the essay, cartoons, cookery, aphorisms and theatre.

LT913-7-SP
Dramatic Structure
(20 CREDITS)

Want to write your own stage plays? Have an idea of a screenplay? Learn about the range of contemporary plays and possibilities that exist within contemporary drama. Develop your own work, discussing topics like dialogue, construction of plot and structure of scenes within a supportive and creative environment.

LT922-7-AU
The Modern City: From Modernism to Postmodernism
(20 CREDITS)

Explore the cultural and political capitals of the twentieth and twenty-first century: New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and London. By considering these urban spaces, you actively explore the categories of modernism and postmodernism, as well as a range of theories of the modern/postmodern city. Emphasis is placed on taking an interdisciplinary approach – discussion of literary works (including plays) will be complemented by viewing/listening to performances, films, and readings. You also consider paintings and photographs, city maps, and even urban planning decisions.

LT927-7-SP
Critical Moments in the Theory and History of Film
(20 CREDITS)

How do we talk about films? What impact do Marxist, psychoanalytic and semiological approaches have? Examine historical and contemporary debates about film with weekly screenings and discussions. Analyse the formal, social, cultural and political dimensions of films from both within and beyond the Hollywood studio system.

LT930-7-AU
Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital
(20 CREDITS)

What do we mean by documentary? How does documentary feed into our ongoing fascination with reality? Examine non-fiction films and more recent hybrids, such as mockumentaries, reality TV and real-life programming. Examine avant-garde filmmaking approaches in relation to how we perceive and question reality and real-life stories.

LT931-7-AU
Women Filmmakers
(20 CREDITS)
LT932-7-SP
Film Workshop
(20 CREDITS)

Want to produce fiction films? Eager for hands-on experience, plus an understanding of the theoretical concepts? Our script-to-screen module covers conceptual research, script development, visual language and practical realisation. Work on a group film, receiving technical training on auditioning and directing, lighting for camera, art direction and film editing.

LT936-7-AU
United States Nationalism and Regionalism
(20 CREDITS)

How can a nation reach its potential if it will not think of itself as new, independent and important? Study major writers from the nineteenth century onwards. Explore the development of US nationalism and literature. Examine the development of regionalism. Understand how these processes relate to wider transnational considerations.

LT937-7-SP
African American Literature
(20 CREDITS)

How has African-American writing shaped US culture? And how has it often been at the forefront of literary experiment? Examine fiction and poetry that moved the African-American experience from the literary margins to cultural prominence. Understand literary developments, and how these link to broader historical, social and theoretical changes.

LT961-7-AU
Literature and the First World War
(20 CREDITS)
LT965-7-SP
Continental Crossings: Caribbean and US Literature and Culture
(20 CREDITS)

How do US writers imagine and represent the Caribbean? And vice versa? Deepen knowledge of American literature by examining poetic, fictional, nonfictional and dramatic works in a broader context. Investigate contemporary issues like the American Dream, what it means to be from the Americas, migration, and the question of language.

LT976-7-SP
Queer: History, Literature, Politics
(20 CREDITS)

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