HENKE1906U  English - Free topic 6: Travel, Communication and the Novel and Writing Places

Volume 2019/2020

Travel, Communication and the Novel (Maria Damkjær)

Novels thrive on delays, and so as soon as you introduce travel -- even local travel -- information will filter through only intermittently. This course explores novels where letters, secrets, and the meaning of language itself, are bent out of shape by distance and delay. We will discuss critical theory of imagined communities through information, of letters and fiction, and of transport fiction, and read novels from Austen to the present.


Writing Places (Sarah Moss)

This is a course in writing ‘creative non-fiction’, but it could also be understood as preparation for writing any kind of fiction. We will reflect on and experiment with world-building in prose, restricting ourselves (for now) to what is more or less true, more or less based in research and lived experience. There will be some fieldwork; some writing workshops; some close reading of memoir, essay and nature writing; the urgent invitation to use your research skills and the facilities of the university to learn and write about the places that you find most intriguing or telling.

Travel, Communication and the Novel

Preliminary reading list:

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers

Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters

Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things


Writing Places

Readings will include:

Kathleen Jamie, Sightlines and Findings

Tobias Jones, A Place of Refuge

Jackie Kaye, Red Dust Road

Roger Deakin, Waterlog

Classes, with particular emphasis on reading primary and secondary texts, oral discussion and developing proficiency in English.
This course only leads to exams Free Topic 1, Free Topic 2 and Free Topic 3.
Type of assessment
Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 8th 2020
Take-home paper (11-15 pages) for ‘Travel, Communication and the Novel’ (counting 50 % of the final grade)
Writing exercises for ‘Writing Places’ with a final portfolio input of 10-15 pages (counting 50 % of the final grade)
Criteria for exam assesment
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Preparation
  • 353,5
  • Total
  • 409,5