- Code ENGL6026
- Unit Value 6 units
Contemporary literary stories and those written in genre draw on historical antecedents and/or current literary and theoretical movements. Fables and fairy tales, experiments with realism or magical realism are all present in various forms of the contemporary short story, and stem from writers being influenced by past narratives and/or by reacting to their peers. This course will encourage students to read a variety of classical and contemporary short stories and to experiment with different styles and genres which have developed over the past two centuries, and which are still being questioned or utilised by contemporary authors.
Students will be expected to write two short stories and/or a few chapters of a novel in this course. Draft stories will be revised. The final versions of students' stories will be arrived at through discussion in seminars and workshops, and through the reading of published fiction. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in publishing stories and longer works.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Create prose pieces in two different genres, drawing on or reacting to a published work or works.
- Experiment with and revise 2 diverse stories or chapters of a novel, integrating suggestions from writing workshops and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work.
- Research, compare and contrast two stories, making a coherent argument about the relationship between these works.
- Reflect on your own creative work in relation to its context, sources and formal qualities, and discuss your writing with respect to published work in a similar style or genre.
- Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to creative writing studies.
- Fiction Portfolio: two stories of approximately 4000 words in total, with drafts (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2 & 5] (60) [LO 1,2,5]
- Written and oral comments on peers' work, 500 words (15%) [Learning Outcome 4] (15) [LO 4]
- Essay, 2000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 3 & 5] (25) [LO 3,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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