Students will take part in a three- hour Poetic Practice workshop weekly. This taught course unit involves the study of contemporary UK and North American experimental poetic practice and foregrounds the development of the student's own poetic practice in response to this context.
EN5901 Poetic Practice
This taught course unit involves the study of contemporary UK and North American experimental poetic practice and foregrounds the development of the student's own poetic practice in response to this context.
EN5901 is assessed by a portfolio of work that comprises two projects and relevant methodologies.
EN5113: Practical Work Project
From May to September, full-time students will undertake a major extended fiction, non-fiction or poetry writing project (under supervision).
Part-time students will undertake this from September in the second year.
From May to September, full-time students will be required to produce a critical and/or theoretical piece of writing relating to their Practical Work Project.
Part-time students will produce this in the second year alongside the Practical Work Project.
As part of the course, students also attend the Department's research seminars as well as the TALKS series organised by Professor Hampson and the POLYply even series organised by the Poetics Research Group. Students also have the opportunity to attend a variety of other seminars at the CES, IUSS and other central London locations. Studenst are also expected to attend some of the numerous poetry readings that take place in London
On completion of the course graduates will have:
gained a broad and thorough understanding of developments within contemporary poetry and poetics as well as writing in an expanded field
refined a mode of poetic practice to produce a substantial body of creative work in relation to this context
honed critical and analytical skills in order to effectively evaluate and reflect on creative work
combined academic research and creative practice in such a way as to prepare one for further practice-based research at PhD level.
The EN5901 course is assessed by a portfolio of work that comprises two projects and relevant methodologies. In addition, students are required to produce a substantial final creative project and write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.
A minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree in Single Honours English, Fine Art, History of Art or Combined Honours English or overseas equivalent.
Students should possess a familiarity with at least some of the following areas: contemporary literature and theory, the visual arts and theory, the practices of literary study. All applicants will be requested to submit a portfolio of their creative work. Overseas applicants will be interviewed by email: a portfolio of creative work will be required with the application.
Candidates with professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area or with relevant publications will be considered. Non-standard applicants are considered on their merits, but ability to follow the course depends on a degree of familiarity with contemporary literature and with the practices of literary study.
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Students from the MA Poetic Practice have been highly successful in gaining recognition for the work that they have produced on the course. They include:
Each student is examined in elements (1), (2), (3), and (4) of the programme. Element (5) is not examined. There are no traditional examination papers. Instead, each course in elements (1) and (2) is examined by a portfolio of work, which comprises four projects and relevant methodologies. In addition, students are required to write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words (excluding bibliography and appendices) on an approved topic related their practice and its contextualisation, to be submitted at the end of the year's study. Part-time students submit the dissertation at the end of their second year.