Course Description

Narrative as a genre is becoming increasingly defined and increasingly important, not only in the field of literature, but also in ordinary life, in other academic disciplines, and in professional domains such as therapy and the courts. This paper examines the forms and effects of narrative in a range of spheres. Theoretical concepts such as structure, functions, character, event, setting, spatialisation, time, voice, narrative levels and focalisation will be explored through applications to specific texts. The first semester will focus on stories from around the world, and the second on more literary examples of narrative.


Students will

·        Read and respond to a range of stories from around the world and from history

·        Develop a theoretical understanding of the genre of narrative

·        Undertake research on selected topics within the field

·        Present their views and participate in class discussion

·        Write critically and academically about these topics.