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Unit information: Contemporary Writing in 2014/15

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Unit name Contemporary Writing
Unit code ENGL10016
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Karlin
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description

This unit aims to introduce students to something of the richness and range of literature written in English in the years since 1945. It will look at fiction, poetry, and other kinds of writing where relevant. Students will be encouraged to relate their own past and present reading to the texts selected for discussion.

Aims:

  • to develop an appreciation of the variety of writing in English in the years since 1945,
  • to develop a sense of the general outlines of the literary history of writing in English in the years since 1945.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should:

  • be familiar with a variety of landmarks in post-1945 literature in English
  • have a sense of the generic and geographical variety of writing in English since 1945
  • have a knowledge of the generally accepted critical history of the period
  • have an understanding of some of the large literary and critical debates of the period, particularly those centred on postmodernism, postcolonialism, and feminism.

Teaching details

1 lecture and 1 seminar per week.

Assessment Details

  • 1 sessional essay of 2,000 words (33.3%)
  • 1 sessional essay of 4,000 words (66.7%)

Reading and References

Detailed reading lists will be provided by individual tutors prior to the start of teaching.

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