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Postgraduate Course: Literature and Modernity II: Late Modernism and Beyond (ENLI11182)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is the semester 2 core course for MSc Literature and Modernity and is only available for students on that programme.

This course examines topics in contemporary literary and critical theory with specific attention paid to questions of the politics of literary texts, the production of political identity through texts, and the contested questions of cultural politics through which texts are read. Topics to be covered include post-structuralism, post-colonialism, post-modernism, sexual politics and cultural identity.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
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No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students should develop the capacity to read and criticise complex theoretical texts and arguments. They should be aware of current topics in literary theory and analysis and the ways in which literary texts intersect with historical, political, social and ethical questions and contexts. In addition to developing a critical vocabulary for the analysis of literary texts and cultural phenomena, students should also be able to reflect critically on current practices and disputes in literary criticism.
Assessment Information
One essay of 4,000 words (100%)
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1. Late Modernism, War, and Psychoanalysis
Elizabeth Bowen, The Heat of the Day (1949)
Lyndsey Stonebridge, 'Anxiety at a Time of Crisis: Psychoanalysis and Wartime' (2007)

2. Postwar Avant-Garde Theatre
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1953) and Endgame (1957)
Theodor Adorno, 'Trying to Understand Endgame' (1961)

3. Neo-Modernist Poetry
Basil Bunting, Briggflatts (1966)
Selections from Rod Mengham and John Kinsella, eds., Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (2004)
Anthony Mellors, from Late Modernist Poetics: From Pound to Prynne (2005)

4. Postmodernism and Late Capitalism
Martin Amis, Money (1984)
Fredric Jameson, 'Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism' (1984)

5. Posthumanism and Cyberculture
J.G. Ballard, Crash (1973)
Jean Baudrillard, 'Ballard's Crash' (1976)
Donna Haraway, 'A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century' (1985)

6. Gender, Subjectivity, and Performance
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
Judith Butler, from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990)

7. Race, Trauma, and History
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Henry Louis Gates, 'Writing ¿Race¿ and the Difference it Makes' (1985)
Cathy Caruth, introduction to Trauma: Explorations in Memory (1995)

8. Postcolonialism, Hybridity, and Cosmopolitanism
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, 'Reading The Satanic Verses' (1989)
Homi K. Bhabha, from The Location of Culture (1994)

9. Globalization and Post-Marxism
Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis (2003)
Jacques Derrida, from Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the New International (1993)
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, from Empire (2000)

10. Climate, Landscape, and Environment
Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
Lawrence Buell, 'Toxic Discourse' (1998)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Paul Crosthwaite
Tel: (0131 6)50 3614
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
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