EL6051 - Contemporary Genre Fiction

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What will I learn on this module?

This module explores contemporary (post-millennial) genres of fiction with an emphasis on their innovativeness, contemporaneity and their interaction with socio-cultural developments of the new millennium. You will engage with cutting edge texts to study their innovations in and interactions with the contemporary world. Module content will focus on theorizing relationships between audiences, genres and critics and will encourage you to view yourself as part of the process of re-defining contemporary genres in terms of themes, cultural contexts and theoretical models. Genres under discussion will include: millennial text, 9/11 literature, digital writings, post-apocalyptic, crunch lit, the new erotica, Nordic noir and Brexit literature. Module teaching will explore innovations in genres of the contemporary period, consider the challenges of new technologies and media, and examine the political, economic and cultural contexts of contemporary genres. Taking in a broad range of theoretical approaches – including late modernism, postmodernism, globalisation and post 9/11 theory – the module will critically engage with the extent to which C21 genre fictions actively shape our understanding of twenty-first century society.

How will I learn on this module?

The aims of the module will be consolidated by a combination of formative and summative modes of assessment facilitating awareness of the relevant issues in contemporary genre writing, while also encouraging self-assessment and reflexive learning. You will be encouraged to develop your skills of critical reading, analysis and independent evaluation and your ability to explore contemporary genres and literary theories through oral and written assessments.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be provided with a module handbook at the beginning of the semester containing details of preparatory reading and questions to consider each week. These questions will form the basis of class discussion and provide you with a clear overview of what to expect in each class throughout the semester. You will bring your handbook to class each week, completing notes and responses which you can draw on in your subsequent assignments.

The module tutor will discuss the two forms of module assessment in class, providing class-based practice of the ideas that underpin each assignment, and meeting with you on a one-to-one basis to give feedback on your essay plan before you write and submit your final essay.
The module handbook provides details of weekly seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria. The module tutor will be available in each class, as well as in office hours and on email/phone, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module.
The module Blackboard site will be used to shared additional resources and links to digital materials that will underpin teaching and enhance the student learning experience. The module handbook, weekly outline of teaching events, and seminar questions will be available on the Blackboard site along with e-copies of seminar handouts and digital recordings of lectures.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Show an advanced understanding of a range of contemporary genres and current theoretical and critical approaches to them
2. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the ways in which texts are shaped by and intervene in their historical and ideological contexts
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

3. Identify, evaluate and interpret relevant primary, theoretical and critical material through close, comparative and textual analysis

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Communicate to others an advanced curiosity, creativity, intellectual openness and independence of reflective thought about contemporary genres

How will I be assessed?

1. Powerpoint presentation (8-12 slides) + 1000 word script (40%) A short presentation in class on one contemporary genre not studied on the course which the student feels should be included on the module next year.The script can be a written version of the presentation or notes/bullet-points informing it.
MLOs: 1,2,3,4

Feedback will initially be given via the Virtual Learning Environment, for follow on discussion in person during feedback and consultation hours.

2. 3000 word essay (60%) Critical comparison of at least two contemporary texts in relation to the ways in which texts reflect, challenge, articulate or seek to re/define the underlying preoccupations of contemporary society. You will be expected to incorporate appropriate critical theory as well as critical development of some of the ideas and issues discussed in the module.
MLOs: 1,2,3,4

Feedback will be generated in the form of notes upon the script and a detailed summary provided on the formal department feedback sheet, for discusson during feedback and consultation hours.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This module explores contemporary (post-millennial) genres of fiction with an emphasis on their innovativeness, their problematizing of the notion of the ‘contemporary’ and their interaction with socio-cultural developments of the new millennium. You will engage with cutting edge texts to study their innovations in and interactions with the contemporary world. Module content will focus on theorizing relationships between audiences, genres and critics and will encourage you to view yourself as part of the process of re-defining contemporary genres in terms of themes, cultural contexts and theoretical models. Genres under discussion will include: millennial text, 9/11 literature, digital writings, post-apocalyptic, crunch lit, the new erotica, Nordic noir and Brexit literature. Module teaching will explore innovations in genres of the contemporary period, consider the challenges of new technologies and media, and examine the political, economic and cultural contexts of contemporary genres. Taking in a broad range of theoretical approaches – including late modernism, postmodernism, globalisation and post 9/11 theory – the module will critically engage with the extent to which C21 genre fictions actively shape our understanding of twenty-first century society.

Course info

UCAS Code Q320

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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