Writing and Environments
Rhedir gan School of Arts, Culture and Language
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr James Wilkes
This module will explore creative responses to wilderness, the non-human and environmental challenges, drawing on a range of ecological writings including creative non-fiction, novels and poetry. Literary relationships with landscape and the non-human world will be explored in relation to issues of race, gender and global justice as well as the context of climate crisis and emerging understandings of wellbeing. Building on students' previous experience in creative this module will allow them to develop work around specific ecological themes, while gaining insight into contemporary ecocriticism. Through seminars and workshops they will experiment with different approaches to writing about place, environment and the non-human world. There will be opportunities to discover some of the ecological research taking place in Bangor University, and to draw on it creatively. The module will include writing outdoors, making the most of Bangor's unique location.
Topics studied may include:
New Nature Writing
Critical Terms and Turns: Posthuman, Anthropocene, Plantationocene
Writing (with) Sound
Writing the Micro
Writing with Science
B- to B+ (60-69%) 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.
C- i C+
C- to C+ (50-59%) 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.
D- to D+ (40-49%) 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.
A- to A* (70%+) 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.
Demonstrate the ability to generate, develop and critically reflect upon original creative work in response to environmental and ecological themes.
Critique ways in which literature responds to ecological thought, including its intersections with gender, race and issues of global justice.
Synthesise creative, critical and theoretical approaches to ecological challenges.
Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of how writing in a range of forms can explore complex relationships between humans and environments.
Analyse a range of contemporary nature writing in the context of a writerly practice.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
A two-hour session focused on group discussion
Students will be set regular structured tasks to carry out alone or in groups.
'Students will be set group tasks based on group discussion of reading or local site-specific activities.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- 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
- 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.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/qxp-3012.html
Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman (Cambridge: Polity, 2013)
Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Hello, The Roses (New York: New Directions, 2013).
Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Swims (London: Penned in the Margins, 2017).
Donna Haraway, Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016).
Ken Hiltner, Ecocriticism: the essential reader (London: Routledge, 2015).
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (New York: Graywolf Press, 2017).
Amy Liptrot, The Outrun (Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 2016).
Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk (London: Random House, 2014).
Robert Macfarlane, Underland: A Deep Time Journey (London: Penguin, 2019).
Richard Powers, The Overstory (New York: W.W. Norton, 2018).
R. Murray Schafer, The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World (Rochester VT: Destiny Books, 1994).
Jos Smith, The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018).
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
- 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)