HM6108: Fictionalising the Recent Past: Writing About Modern History

HM6108: Fictionalising the Recent Past: Writing About Modern History

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Module Title Fictionalising the Recent Past: Writing About Modern History
Module Code HM6108
Module Tutor Martin Randall
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module intends to introduce students to the genre of historical writing. The module will look at a number of the key issues and controversies surrounding the fictional representation of real events, in particular modern and recent history. Students will be encouraged to contemplate the complex relationship between historical record, interpretation and literary representation. Students will look at theories surrounding the writing of history and will also study texts that have fictionalised real events.

Indicative Syllabus

- Representation and Historical Accuracy

- Historiographic Metafiction

- Research

- Trauma and Memory

- Narrative, Event and Characterisation

- The Poetics and Politics of Historical Writing

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to analyse and evaluate, a range of theories related to writing and history;
  2. demonstrate a sophisticated ability to understand the relationship between history and narrative;
  3. demonstrate conceptual understanding of the creative relationship between theory and practice;
  4. demonstrate ability to research into a particular period in history and to turn this research into creative writing;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the politics and poetics of historical writing;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between trauma and memory.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 28
Independent Learning Hours: 122
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 40% Assignment: Individual: 1500 words or equivalent
002: 60% Assignment: Individual: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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