LIT3058 : Imagining the North

Convener(s): David Forrest and Sue Vice


General Information

This module will consider the narratives and imagery that underpin the literary and filmic constructions of ‘the north of England’ in the post-war period, with particular emphasis on the representation of Sheffield. It will explore the psycho geography of the north in relation to its constituent tropes and myths, and some seminars will be given by guest experts on such topics as dialect and architecture. A wide variety of representational forms will be considered, including fiction, poetry, drama, documentary and fiction film, and television plays, while drawing on other cultural forms such as music and visual art. The module may include field trips, engagement with city institutions such as Sheffield Archives, and use of Special Collections archives, such as the Jack Rosenthal, Barry Hines and Richard Hoggart papers.


Teaching will be delivered via one weekly seminar (50 minutes) and one weekly screening/lecture of up to two hours. The seminars will constitute a forum for high-level student-led discussion, while the lectures will combine a range of verbal and audio-visual methods alongside traditional group discussion.


Students will be assessed via a research project and a long essay. The research project will be submitted in the third quarter of the semester, while the essay will be due during the assessment period. The research project will involve students creating a portfolio which may include the following: literature review, archival material or reference to it, audio-visual material, literary, dramatic and filmic criticism, thematized under a specified and student-generated research question (LO1-3). In relation to the essay, students will respond either to a set of essay questions, or will have the opportunity to propose their own questions to the module tutors. This will involve students writing on more than one of the disciplinary areas covered in the unit

Contact Details

0114 222 8493

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:25 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK