Nglish literature comparison of creativity in two texts

TMA 05

It carries 25% of the continuous assessment marks. You should write 3500 words (+/a 10%).


Select a text of no more than 250 words from a work of narrative fiction and compare it with the extract below, which is from Touching the Void, a nonfiction book written by the mountaineer Joe Simpson. Identify and explain the features in each that you consider offer evidence of creativity.

There was no sign of Richard stirring as I passed his tiny one-man tent, half collapsed and whitened with hoar frost. Squatting under the lee of the huge overhanging boulder that had become our kitchen, I relished this moment when I could be entirely alone. I fiddled with the petrol stove which was mulishly objecting to both the temperature and the rusty petrol with which I had filled it. I resorted to brutal coercion when coaxing failed and sat it atop a propane gas stove going full blast. It burst into vigorous life, spluttering out two-foot-high flames in petulant revolt against the dirty petrol.
As the pan of water slowly heated, I looked around at the wide, dry and rock-strewn river bed, the erratic boulder under which I crouched marking the site at a distance in all but the very worst weather. A huge, almost vertical wall of ice and snow soared upwards to the summit of Cerro Sarapo directly in front of the camp, no more than a mile and a half away. Rising from the sea of moraine to my left, two spectacular and extravagant castles of sugar icing, Yerupaja and Rasac, dominated the camp site. The majestic 21,000-foot Siula Grande lay behind Sarapo and was not visible. It had been climbed for the first time in 1936 by two bold Germans via the North Ridge. There had been few ascents since then, and the true prize, the daunting 4,500-foot West Face had so far defeated all attempts.

(Joe Simpson (1998) Touching the Void, London, Vintage Books (new edition), pp. 15a 16)

Guidance notes

This double TMA asks you to choose a short text which you consider to be a?narrative fictiona, analyse the language in it and compare it with the text we have provided. You are expected to apply analytical techniques used in the module (including the Set Books), drawing particularly on relevant approaches that you have encountered in Part 2 of the module so far. Before you start TMA 05, it is worth taking time to reflect on the relevance of each text to particular analytical techniques and vice versa. Otherwise, you may find that the techniques and texts are not a suitable match for each other at a time when it will be difficult to change one or the other and still meet the deadline. Please remember to attach a copy of your chosen text to your TMA as an appendix (which will not be included in the word count). If your text is a website or audio-visual material, you should still show your tutor what it is that you are analysing. In the case of a stable website, the URL will be enough, although you will need to quote extracts (which will be included in the word count) for analytical purposes. In the case of audio-visual material, please provide a transcript of any verbal material you discuss in your assignment. You could also submit audio-visual material via other means (e.g. email) if that seems appropriate, but you should discuss this in advance with your tutor. See the note on submission of audio-visual material in Section 2.5 above. This is your opportunity to practise choosing a text and matching it to suitable analytical tools. Making the decision about the choice of text and tools is an important part of the assignment brief for TMA 05 and is your responsibility. Your tutor is not in a position to sanction your choice or to read drafts of your work so, although you may discuss your ideas with him/her in a general sense, responsibility for the choice of text and techniques is yours.
Set Books:
Carter, R. (2004) Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk.
Short, M. (1996) Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose.
Course Books:
Maybin, J. and Swann, J. (eds) (2006) The art of English: everyday creativity. (Book 1)
Goodman, S. and OaHalloran, K. (eds) (2006) The art of English: literary creativity. (Book 2)