Contemporary Texts and Contexts

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
22 March 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

What is contemporary writing? What are the most urgent themes that writers are addressing now? How have digital culture and the internet affected literary forms and expression? How have theories of reading and criticism helped us to analyse contemporary writing in exciting new ways?

Don’t just study known “traditional” genres of literature. What about the emerging new genres of writing that are challenging readers, and defying literary classification, from podcasts to social media generated novels? This module focuses on contemporary English fiction, poetry, and drama produced within the last ten years, and it investigates the themes, forms, issues and language that are at the forefront of literary development right now.

Module aims

To provide students with a critical overview of contemporary writing and the concerns reflected in this literature.
To acquaint students with a variety of forms or genres of contemporary writing and widen notions of what can be considered literary.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will be expected to:
Display a good knowledge of literature written in the last ten years.
Demonstrate considerable critical awareness of the variety of genres and themes as represented by contemporary literature.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Weekly 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Formative: Essay plan    0% 
Coursework   Essay (2,500 words)    50% 
Coursework   Close Reading and Key Scene     45% 
Practical   Participation     5% 

Additional coursework information

This module includes an opportunity to hand in a draft of an essay introduction and essay plan for formative assessment. This formative assessment will not carry a module mark, but provides an opportunity for students to assess their performance on the module.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jak Peake, email:
Dr Jak Peake
LiFTS General Office email, 'phone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Doug Haynes
University of Sussex
Reader in American Literature and Visual Culture
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 36 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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