This unique course de-privileges the idea of printed text and considers it alongside narrative in other media, exploring how developments in media and technology offer interactive forms of storytelling for authors and communication practitioners.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 or equivalent in any subject.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with minimum 6.5 in writing and 5.5 in speaking, listening and reading, or equivalent.
Learn to critically evaluate a variety of texts drawn from film, television, the internet, literature and popular culture, relating those texts to the wider fields
Explore how contemporary and historical texts have adapted for different mediums and how paratext and extra-textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences
Explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies
Develop the skills to think rigorously, critically, analytically and imaginatively, applying knowledge to practical situations
Learn from leading national and international scholars in the fields of modern and contemporary literature, media studies, cultural studies and new media writing
Engage with BU’s international writing competitions: The Bournemouth Writing Prize for emerging voices, and the New Media Writing Prize for stories integrating a variety of formats.
Narrating Identities: Self, Text & the World: This unit aims to provide you with a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of cultural and critical influences on a range of texts and literary media, exploring how literary, philosophical, and aesthetic movements have been used to define, construct and represent the self across the 20th and 21st centuries.
Markets & Audiences: A sociological approach to studying the cultural industries and their audiences, exploring marketing and promotion of cultural texts. You´ll consider how para texts and extra textual materials contribute to audience expectations and experiences, and how they reflect cultural and political differences.
Interactive Storytelling: Investigate and understand the art of storytelling in digital-interactive media. Starting with a brief pre-history, this unit will come to grips with contemporary traits thrown up at the intersection between digitalisation and interactivity. There will be a rigorous scholarly framework for your existing digital literacy and you´ll have space to reflect on and improve your competence with interactive digital media.
Publishing Cultures and Materialities: From the eras of Cuneiform to Kindle, you´ll study public writing as material objects, which have an economy, history and culture. Publishing as we’ve known it stems from a specific iteration of those conditions and is now shifting into the online new. To take advantage of the opportunities and challenges this development affords, you´ll therefore look at fiction from this material sociological perspective.
Culture & Controversy: You´ll explore definitions of free speech, freedom of expression, censorship and public interest in the context of public cultural controversies. For example, D.H Lawrence’s ´Lady Chatterley’s Lover´ might be studied as a literary text, whilst you´ll also study the historical context of attempts to censor and suppress the novel and debates over that suppression in the print and broadcast media.
Mediating the Nation: The relationship between cultural production and a series of changing historical and political contexts in contemporary Britain. More specifically, you´ll consider cultural constructions of Britain, Britons and Britishness. By analysing a range of literary and cultural forms, you´ll explore how these things have been constructed and legitimised through culture historically. This unit will also look at how two historical developments have had a significant impact on how British ness has been culturally constructed: the transition away from imperialism and political devolution across the United Kingdom.
Dissertation (academic) OR Major Project (creative): An opportunity to develop and show your critical, analytical and research skills by completing a significant piece of academic or creative work. You´ll finish your studies and work with a degree of independence not previously experienced in your coursework, focusing on topics that interest you the most. You´ll hone your strengths and establish curiosity to take with you into future careers.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
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