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AZA3410

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pier Paolo Frassinelli

Synopsis

The unit will investigate story-telling, different narrative genres and the role of narrative in our lives. What constitutes narrative? What are its basic features? How does story-telling communicate meaning? How do we construct effective narrative texts? What do we do with narrative? What is the future of narrative? The texts studied are drawn from a variety of genres and countries. They will include short stories, a novel, and some visual texts. There will be some opportunity for the creation of narrative texts as part of the assessed work.

Outcomes

On successfully completing this unit students should be able to:

  1. Develop a sense of the variety of what is possible in literary and cultural studies and a general understanding of the different forms of narrative;
  2. Handle the critical concepts and language appropriate to the discussion of different narrative genres, devices and techniques;
  3. Recognise some of the theoretical perspectives that inform contemporary literary and cultural studies;
  4. Demonstrate the basic skill of analytic and critical discussion, including the technical conventions proper to English;
  5. Appreciate the historical perspectives and conventions within which literature and other narrative texts are produced.

Assessment

Written work (2,700 words): 60%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

A first year sequence or permission

Prohibitions