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Unit information: Literature in its Time 5: Twentieth Century Poetry and Prose in 2016/17

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Unit name Literature in its Time 5: Twentieth Century Poetry and Prose
Unit code ENGL30026
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gareth Griffith
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will introduce poetry and prose written in the period from 1900 to 2000. Students will be encouraged to read a range of works; to compare and contrast the use of a variety of forms by different writers; and to place these writings in the context of literary, political, historical, scientific and other developments in this period.


This unit will aim to extend students' knowledge of a range of poetry written between 1850 and 1960. Students will be encouraged to consider in depth the careers of individual poets and to compare the use of particular forms by different writers. The progression from the Victorian period to Modernism will be introduced, as will topics such as the poetry of war and movements such as The Movement. The unit aims to extend students ongoing appreciation of the chronology and historical development of literature in English.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

1) demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of works written across the period from 1900 to 2000

2) respond critically and analytically to questions of authorship, form, historical context, literary movements, and war

3) communicate their ideas about these issues effectively

4) present a persuasive written argument

Teaching details

10 x 3-hour seminars

Assessment Details

One 4000 word essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

  • T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
  • James Joyce, Ulysses
  • Elizabeth Jennings, Selected Poems
  • Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children