Literature and Location: Space and Place in Creative Non Fiction

How do writers recreate place - real or imagined? How do readers imaginatively inhabit place? This module explores elements of place writing and New Nature Writing, looking at domestic space, urban space, the countryside and the ‘edgelands’ that lie inbetween.

We will encourage you to develop your own creative work and reflect upon the different dimensions of place writing and ‘literature-as-place’. A critical interpretation of texts will allow you to reflect upon the authorial decisions made and the effects you seek in your own creative projects.

Bi-weekly seminar sessions enable you to gain critical insight and develop new skills before applying them to your portfolio of work in the alternating bi-weekly creative workshops.

Indicative study themes:

What is place, or ‘place writing’? Who invented it? How does that relate to ideas of space? Recent ideas of wilderness, the old emphasis on walking, the New Nature Writing.

The archive, the curatorial and the imaginary museum. Key text: Jonathan Meades Museum Without Walls

The city, the countryside, and the spaces in between. Key texts: Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts Edgelands, Jean Sprackland Strands

Deep place – the natural world in our midst, and the nonhuman viewpoint. Key texts: Charles Foster Being a Beast

Occupying imaginary worlds: cinema’s parallel universe, and the journey through landscape. Key text: Geoff Dyer Zona