This module facilitates the process of working independently, with peers and with a supervisor, to construct and finish – to a high standard – an original piece of creative writing. This may be a screenplay, a play script, a short story or collection of short stories, a collection of poetry, the start of a novel, a game, or a piece of graphic fiction.
English and Creative Industries Project
Working with an employer on a defined project or output, you’ll utilise the skills and knowledge gained over the course of your studies within a work setting. Under supervision, you will plan, manage and deliver a work-based project. (NB: This module may be taken alongside the dissertation)
Other optional modules typically available include:
This module gives you the chance to develop your professional portfolio. You will be supported by a tutor and the industry team as you audit your skills, update your CV, develop contacts through networking and carry out an assignment set by an Industry client. You will develop your professional skills in a working environment by completing 12-hours of freelance activity which you will reflect on in your portfolio.
Performance and Collaboration
The module will introduce you to the art of collaboration. You will improve your communication skills while collaborating on stories, plays or projects, create and edit work for performance and research live literature events. You will be expected to produce and deliver material in a variety of ways, which may include site specific installations, working to commission, spoken word, screenplays and multimedia presentations.
Postcolonial Texts: Narratives of Liberation
This module will focus on a range of postcolonial texts and consider the relationship between acts of representation and the politics of anti-colonialism and post-colonialism. This module will help you to develop the ability to work across a range of theoretical and literary texts in original ways.
Travel Writing: Texts, Contexts, Theory
Gain an overview of travel writing and consider the relationship of travel writing to society and to other forms of literature. There will be an in-depth study of selected regions, authors and themes. There are many issues that you may want to explore, such as construction of self and place in travel writing and traveller's representations of other cultures.
Modernism and Modernity
Throughout this module you'll explore some of the central features of the many transnational movements of modernism through a selection of literary texts. You'll examine how the experimental qualities of modernist culture were conditioned by responses to changes in social and technological modernity. An innovative feature of the module is the focus upon the modernist little magazine (which will be studied in digital form, therefore introducing some of the ideas of Digital Humanities to students).
Nuclear Literature: Culture in the Atomic Age
Introduces students to the literary and cultural impact of a key technology and the latest debates in the Nuclear Humanities. Engaging students with research being undertaken into this subject at NTU, the module considers the representation of nuclear technology and science in literary texts, as well as the questions raised for literature by the dawning of the nuclear age.
American Specialisms provides an opportunity for students to pursue the advanced study of one or two American literature specialisms, developed from recent and current research being carried out by tutors. You will be encouraged to intervene in current debates in American literature, engaging directly with expert researchers in the field, and consider how the subject is being shaped by contemporary thinking. You will cover a particular topic in American Studies, which will allow you to explore issues such as sustainability, the relationship between the local and global and the effect of modernity.