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Undergraduate Course: Republican Visions (ENLI10328)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of this course is to explore the various ways in which a number of key modern American writers have interrogated and refashioned the rhetoric and the ideology of the American Republic. To this end, the course begins by identifying and discussing some of the central ideological constituents of the discourse of American republicanism (the idea of American "exceptionalism," the claims of manifest destiny, the rhetoric of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the importance of the tradition of Puritan redemption, and so on). Having established this ideological background, the course proceeds to examine the way that nine writers have drawn upon the historical and cultural repertoire of American republicanism in order to consider the influence of this intellectual inheritance upon contemporary ideas of subjectivity, cultural value and the relationship between politics and ethics.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( English Literature 1 (ENLI08001) OR Scottish Literature 1 (ENLI08016)) AND ( English Literature 2 (ENLI08003) OR Scottish Literature 2 (ENLI08004))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  15
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information One hour(s) per week for 10 week(s): attendance for one hour a week at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the students will have achieved three specific learning outcomes. First, they will have learnt to identify the various formal constituents of the discourse(s) of American Republicanism. Secondly, they will have developed the ability to interrogate the often complex relationship between the modalities of literary narrative and the forms and structures of historiographical writing. And, third, the course's continuing emphasis upon generic and discursive constructions such as "realism", "modernism", "postmodernism", "historiography" and "ideology" will encourage them to develop a conceptual sophistication that will serve them well in each phase of their Honours education.
Assessment Information
One course essay of c. 2,500 words. (25% of combined assessment.)

One take-home Examination Essay of c. 3,000 words. (75% of combined assessment.)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited, with priority given to students taking degrees involving English or Scottish Literature and Visiting Students placed by the Admissions Office. Students not in these categories need the written approval of the Head of English Literature before enrolling.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsRepublicanism America Poetry
Course organiserDr Lee Spinks
Tel: (0131 6)50 3616
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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