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Sustained Fiction: The Novel As Narrative - CED00006M

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  • Department: Centre for Lifelong Learning
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module aims to:

  • Contextualise the development of the novel historically and in a theoretical context
  • Offer opportunities for academic scrutiny of essential literary elements using exemplary novels
  • Extend and deepen engagement with the novel
  • Acquaint students with appropriate, scholarly language for critical commentary
  • Develop communication, comprehension and co-operation alongside analytical, critical thinking
  • Acquaint students with precise terminology for novel writing approaches, styles and techniques
  • Provide creative opportunities for the development of novel writing skills
  • Inspire the creative process that affords engagement with novel writing
  • Encourage methodology in research that feeds the creative process
  • Set up and manage critiquing situations within which students present their work for analytical group comment
  • Install a vigorous reflective practice, through the keeping of a Learning Log.

Module learning outcomes

On completion of the module the student should be able to:

Subject content

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the novel both historically and theoretically
  • Take an enthusiastic, critical and scholarly approach to the close reading of complex novels using appropriate language to convey their conclusions
  • Express an understanding of the techniques and methodologies used in novel writing
  • Exhibit this understanding within the content of their creative work
  • Show supportive, critical evaluations of draft novel extracts presented in the critiquing workshops
  • Demonstrate an ability to hone work through editing and redrafting
  • Use reflective writing to gain insight into the processes of novel reading and writing

Academic and graduate skills

  • Critically analyse complex texts and convey findings in academically appropriate language
  • Evidence rigorous reflective practice through the keeping of a Learning Log

Other learning outcomes

  • Act as a supportive, sensitive and active group member who is valued and values others
  • Demonstrate greater confidence and expertise in the presentation of work to the group
  • Exercise initiative, personal autonomy, the ability to work to a deadline, a word limit and within a specific form.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The tutor will give regular individual feedback throughout the module on work submitted.

The assessment feedback is as per the university’s guidelines with regard to timings.

Indicative reading

  • Burroway,J. & Stuckey-French, E. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. (2006) London: Longman
  • Lodge, D. The Language of Fiction: Essays in Criticism and Verbal Analysis of The English Novel (2002) London: Routledge
  • Morley, D. The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing. (2007) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Mullan, J. How Novels Work (2006) Oxford: Oxford University Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.