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Narrative, Fiction, Theory - ENG00023M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Richard Walsh
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
    • See module specification for other years: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

To provide a graduate-level introduction to the history of narrative theory; to establish fluency in the use of narratological concepts; to provide a theoretical perspective upon narrative fictions in several media; to develop skills in theoretical analysis and argument; to stimulate interdisciplinary thinking

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

·History of narrative theory in the 20th century; meaning of key narratological concepts, and the nature of debate about them; understanding of specific issues concerning the relations between narrative theory and fictionality; knowledge of the interdisciplinary range of narrative theory

Academic and graduate skills

  • ability to engage in theoretical argument in narratological terms; ability to pursue research across disciplinary boundaries


Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

For more information about the feedback you will receive for your work, see section 12 of the department's Guide to Assessment (PDF , 1,244kb).

Indicative reading

Extracts from Shlovsky, Tomashevsky, Bakhtin, Propp, Barthes, Greimas, Bremond, Todorov, Booth, Stanzel, Genette, Culler, Chatman, Smith, Dolezel, Pavel, Ryan, Margolin, White, Brooks, Branigan, Lanser, Schank, Bruner, Jahn & Herman

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