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Q34176 Consciousness in Fiction
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 15

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students on the MA in Modern English Language and the MA in Literary Linguistics.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: One of the above modules.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module will explore in depth techniques for the presentation of consciousness in novels and other fictional texts. Students will learn about the linguistic indices associated with the point of view of characters and the various modes available to a writer for the presentation of characters’ thoughts and perceptions. Alongside detailed examinations of narrative texts which portray consciousness, students will also study different theories put forward to explain the nature of writing consciousness in texts. Our stylistic analyses of fictional minds will also aim to account for historical changes in the techniques used for consciousness presentation.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 One 3000-word scholarly essay. 

Dr V Sotirova

Education Aims:  This module enables students to develop theoretical knowledge about subjectivity in language and a range of interpretative skills necessary for the analysis of consciousness presentation. Students will also be able to reflect critically on their learning and the practical problems arising from their research.

Learning Outcomes:  Students who successfully complete this module will gain in-depth knowledge about the interface between language and literature and will be able to apply their research skills in other theoretical and practical contexts. The module will enhance students’ ability to critically evaluate texts and theories.

Offering School:  English

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