• theory of narrative
  • description of narratives
  • analysis of narratives
  • interpretation of narratives




This course develops students' skills in describing, understanding and interpreting stories in different forms and media.




There will be one double-hour and one single-hour class per week. Students should arrange a consultation, singly or in pairs, with one of the course tutors at least once in the semester, and you are advised to arrange this before it is time to submit your essay. You are also welcome to come and speak to your teachers during their office hours, or by appointment. There is also an ongoing Moodle forum for information and discussion, where students can share their views and questions with each other and with teachers. There is thus a substantial interactive element to this course. Announcements will be posted on the Moodle, and it is your responsibility to consult it regularly.




Coursework: 100%, comprising –

  • Tutorial and moodle work: 10%
  • Writing exercises 1: 20%
  • Mid-term test: 20%
  • Writing exercises 2: 20%
  • End-of-semester essay: 30%




A number of narrative texts will be available on the course moodle.

H. Porter Abbott, The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative. Second Edition. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Further reading:
Rick Altman, A Theory of Narrative (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008)
Paul Cobley, Narrative (London: Routledge, 2001)
Roger Fowler, Language and Control (London: Routledge, 1979)
Gerard Genette, Narrative Discourse (Ithaca, NY: Cornell Universioty Press, 1980)
Jeremy Hawthorn, Studying the Novel, 5th edn (London: Hodder Arnold, 2005)
David Lodge, After Bakhtin (London: Routledge, 1990)
James Phelan, Reading Narrative (Columbus, OH: Ohio University Press, 1989)



Last updated: 19 July 2017