1667.21 - The Concept of Form – Formal Renewals in Literature. (Independent Study Topic).

Course number
The Concept of Form – Formal Renewals in Literature. (Independent Study Topic).
Students must be enrolled on the Bachelor in Creative Arts programme – Creative Writing.
Students will gain insight into the concept of form in literature based on literary studies and with regard to creative writing. By reading theory and literature students gain the capacity to discuss form in relation to trends and changes in recent literature, e.g. by reading and analysing what are termed hybrid works.
Form is content said the modernists. Which forms characterise literature today, and what is the impact of different forms in relation to the content an author wants to convey? In terms of writing practice one can ask: How do authors choose a form suited to what they wish to express? Do certain forms heighten certain contents? An overarching question is, what is actually form. Is it a certain structure in a work, or is it also a category of content? Works termed hybrid challenge traditional notions, and the concept of form is continually revised. Students will read texts on theory and practice, as well as fiction by, i.a. Ursula Le Guin, Peter Stein Larsen and Claudia Rankine.
Learning and teaching approaches
Independent work with guidance and feedback.
Learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course can demonstrate ability to: - explain the concept of form and theories on form in literature - analyse schools of thought and theories on the relationship between form and contents in literature, particularly literature from the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century - discuss literary texts as examples of such schools of thought and renewal in form - assess these schools of thought and literature with reference to their own creative writing
Assessment method
6-hour written examination.
Marking scale
Relevant materials are circulated and approved at the start of the course. Must consist of a total of 3 academic works and 4 literary works.
Bergur D. Hansen