Discovering Cities (Creative Writing)
Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Prof Zoë Skoulding
This module provides an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to writing the city. Some seminars are shared with Modern Languages students and others are dedicated to practical writing workshops on urban themes. Focusing both on specific cities and, more broadly, on the construction and cultural representation of urban space, the module will make students aware of urban planning and its effects on social structures, the historical and cultural significance of monuments, and the multiple and contradictory representations and imaginaries of the city across literature and visual arts. The module draws on the fields of history, visual cultures, film, literature and architecture as a basis for creative writing in response to cities. It encourages students to reflect on the city in different linguistic, historical, cultural and geographical traditions, with an investigation of specific cities such as Barcelona, Paris and Berlin (English translations will be provided of all primary sources), and to find new ways of writing about familiar urban locales such as Bangor.
Beginning with theoretical approaches to urban space, the module will move on to an investigation of specific cities, covering topics such as: Barcelona as a symbol of modernity and cultural identity focusing on the expansion of the city in the early twentieth century powered by economic and demographic growth and the consolidation of the bourgeoisie; Paris as cultural icon and touristic capital, on the one hand, and as a city built upon processes of exclusion, peripheral identities and creativity at the margins, on the other; and Berlin as the contested capital of Germany on the one hand; and Berlin as a metropolis of modernity in literature and film. Alongside these explorations, practical writing exercises will enable students to develop their own creative responses to urban space.
A 2(i) candidate’s work will show many of the following qualities:
Demonstration of a degree of vitality and originality.
Very good understanding of generic conventions; sound use of structures and forms.
Resourceful use of language.
Sound understanding of the creative process and thoughtful control of decisions made in writing.
Very good work, which at times comes close to publishable standard.
C- i C+
A 2(ii) candidate’s work will show many of the following qualities:
Some attempt at serious exploration of ideas.
Some link between themes and form. Good attempt to engage with form, but this may not be entirely sustained.
Use of language technically proficient, but not always focused.
Some awareness of the creative process and of decisions made in writing.
Good work, but its strengths need to be more fully sustained to reach publishable standard.
A 3rd class candidate’s work will show many of the following features:
Limited engagement with ideas.
Link between themes and form not always clear.
Limited sense of formal conventions. Inconsistent with regard to linguistic technicalities.
Limited awareness of redrafting and editing process.
Typically, the work of a first class candidate will show many of the following qualities:
Excellent levels of originality, vision and depth; striking and thorough engagement with ideas.
Excellent understanding and control of form.
Impressive linguistic control and/or innovation.
Sophisticated understanding of the creative process and assured control of decisions made in writing.
Dynamic work approaching publishable standard.
To develop an understanding of key theoretical approaches to the urban space
To explore and develop original creative responses to the city in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
To become aware of how key historical processes have influenced the development of the urban environment and its cultural representation.
To gain an awareness of the city as a space to negotiate identity
|TRAETHAWD||Reading as a Writer||30.00|
|GWAITH CWRS||Creative Portfolio and Commentary||
Creative Portfolio of 2,500 words Commentary of 1,000 words
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
Graduates of Creative Writing are able to:
i produce clear, accurate, artistically coherent and technically sophisticated written work, which articulates a combination of research and creative ideas
ii communicate orally and through the written word concrete ideas and abstract concepts
iii read as a writer - with an ability to analyse texts, performances and broadcasts, and respond to the affective power of language, using appropriate approaches, terminology and creative strategies
iv use language in a sophisticated and nuanced fashion, with a heightened awareness of concision, voice, idiom, idiolect, simile, metaphor, analogy, rhythm and media-specific restraints
v use reflective strategies to help capture and synthesize personal experiences and other research in an imaginative form
vi apply a well developed aesthetic sensibility and sense of intellectual inquiry
vii employ an imaginative and divergent mode of thinking which is integral to identifying and solving problems, to the making of critical and reflective judgements, to the generation of alternatives and new ideas, and to engaging with broader issues of value
viii edit their own work, and that of peers, with a high level of rigour and scrutiny, at the various levels of clause, line, sentence, stanza, paragraph but also at the structural level of overall scene, chapter, collection, book
ix apply scholarly bibliographic skills when and where necessary
x use the views of others in the development and enhancement of practice; formulate considered practical responses to the critical judgements of others, while developing a generous yet rigorous critical scrutiny in peer review and workshop activities
xi view themselves as practitioners and reflect critically on their own creative writing practice
xii conduct independent research including that which is practice based.
QAA Benchmark Statement Creative Writing 2016, 3.2
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxp-3011.html
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
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- 2P78: BA English Lit with Creative Writing with International Exp year 4 (BA/ECI)
- 2P17: BA English Literature and Creative Writing year 3 (BA/ENCW)
- 2D13: BA English Literature with Creative Writing year 3 (BA/ENGLC)
- R1W8: BA French with Creative Writing year 4 (BA/FRCW)
- R2W8: BA German with Creative Writing year 4 (BA/GERCW)
- R4W8: BA Spanish with Creative Writing year 4 (BA/SPCW)
- Q2W9: MArts English Literature with Creative Writing year 3 (MARTS/ELCW)
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- W890: BA Creative&Professional Writing year 3 (BA/CPW)
- WP83: BA Media Studies & Creative Wrtng year 3 (BA/CWMS)
- 8G55: BA English Language with Creative Writing (with Int Exp) year 4 (BA/ELCIE)
- Q3WL: BA Eng Lang with Creat Writ year 3 (BA/ELCW)