SEL3323 : The English Ghost Story: Forms and Themes (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Michael Pincombe
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
In this module, we study a good selection of English ghost stories by men and women from the first half of the twentieth-century. We will try to come to a workable description of the way the ghost story works as a particular kind of 'creative writing'. This will mainly involve an analysis of plot. But we will try to develop a nuanced method of identifying and analysing the thematic structure of this type of narrative as well.
Outline Of Syllabus
We will read a story a week, build up a tool-box of analytical/creative techniques as we proceed, with the last couple of weeks given over to a retrospective summary and preparation for the assessments. Texts will vary from year to year, but there will always be a mix of famous tales, such as M. R. James's 'Rats' and A. M. Burrage's 'Smee', as well as less familiar stories, such as Edith Olivier's 'The night-nurse's story' and Marjory Lambe's 'The return'.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||1||12:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||88:00||88:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Most of the course is given over to a methodical accumulation of analytical/creative techniques by way of exploring a story or two a week, both before and after the Easter break. The last two or three weeks are devoted to consolidation and preparation for the assessments.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Oral Presentation||10||2||M||10||Group presentation|
|Essay||1||M||500 words. OPTIONAL|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
There are three summative assessments:
1.In final teaching week, students will submit a 2000-word essay. Questions will be released the week before the Easter break. There is an option to replace this is essay with a creative writing assignment in the form of a 2000-word ghost story.
2. During work-shop time in the final teaching week, students will prepare a 10-minute group presentation.
3. During the examination period, students will write an 1-hour sit-down examination. They will answer one question, and will be required to show detailed knowledge of two texts studied on the course, plus one text from the B List in the anthology, prepared independently.
There will also be an optional 500-word formative assessment to be submitted any time between the sixth and the end of the eleventh teaching week. This may be either critical or creative.