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- Analyse and evaluate key terms and concepts in the field of biographical and historical fiction studies.
- Analyse and articulate the creative and critical contexts of the prescribed texts.
- Demonstrate critical writing and research skills appropriate for third-year level.
- Demonstrate creative writing and research skills appropriate for third-year level.
- • Writing modern lives.
- • Writing nineteenth-century lives.
- • Writing colonial lives.
- • Writing early modern lives.
- • Writing medieval lives.
- • Writing classical lives.
Pre-requisites: Student must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.
No additional requirements
In recent years, fictions and popular biographies about people from the past have featured prominently on bestseller lists and in literary awards. Why do writers and readers turn to these representations with such enthusiasm? In this subject we analyse the social and cultural significance of narrative encounters with people from the past. We consider how readers, creators and critics engage with them, and with their historical contexts. We ask: What are the ethical dilemmas of such creative and critical practices? How do understandings of gender, sexuality, race, dis/ability and class intersect in these works? How might they challenge our view of the current moment and its various prejudices? How do they offer new ways to imagine past, present and future identities? Students will engage with these questions through textual analysis, research and the development of creative work.
- Oral presentation (1000 words equivalency). (25%)
- 1000-word essay. (25%)
- 2000-word creative piece. Based on analysis of critical and creative texts, students will generate a piece of creative writing that engages with key concepts analysed within the subject. (50%)
Current study term: 11 Jun 23 to 21 Jul 23
Textbook information is pending.