Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pier Frassinelli


This unit focuses on story-telling, literature and other narrative forms. How do we create a narrative? What are its basic features? How do different narrative forms work? These are some of the questions that we will explore. The narrative texts studied will be drawn from a variety of genres and will include short stories, novels, films and visual texts. Students will also have the opportunity to submit narrative texts as part of the assessed work.


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.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

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


A first-year sequence or permission


AZA3410, ATS2410, ATS3410