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Postgraduate Course: Literature and the Great War (Level 11) (ENLI11190)

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 descriptionThe Great War has settled into a familiar form in later imagination, based substantially on views of ┐the horror of the trenches┐ drawn from poetry, Wilfred Owen┐s particularly. This course aims to revisit these views, not necessarily challenging them but looking more closely at the evidence concerned. This will involve exploring an extended range of war poetry, along with an unusually wide range of war narratives (dramatic in one instance) ┐ often less read or less valued in assessments of the period. A question at every stage will be about how imagination shapes and encounters the most violent and intolerable of experiences, and how ┐ or if ┐ these can be effectively contained and communicated in literature, or even in language at all.

*This course is taught jointly with undergraduate students and consequently postgraduate places are limited
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 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  3
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Students on completing the course should have acquired a broad knowledge of literary responses to the First World War, and learned how to compare and contrast these in terms of genre; gender; immediacy and later reflection; combatant and non-combatant responses; realist and modernist styles.
2. They should also have learned to ask and answer questions about how, and how successfully, prose and poetry can be used to assimilate experiences potentially intolerable for immediate witnesses or incomprehensible for those with whom they seek to communicate.
Assessment Information
One 4000 word essay (100%)
Special Arrangements
PG version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list H.G.Wells Mr Britling Sees it Through (1916) + Poetry by Rupert Brooke & others*
2) Henri Barubusse Le Feu (Under Fire, 1916) + Poetry by Charles Hamilton Sorley
3) Rebecca West The Return of the Soldier (1918) + Poetry by Edward Thomas
4) Max Plowman A Subaltern on the Somme (1927) + Poetry by Ivor Gurney
5) Edmund Blunden, Undertones of War (1928) + Poetry by Edmund Blunden
6) Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front + Poetry by Wilfred Owen
7) R.C. Sheriff Journey┐s End (1929) + Poetry by Siegfried Sassoon
8) Essay Completion
9) Mary Borden The Forbidden Zone (1929) + Poetry by T.P. Cameron Wilson and others
10) Ernest Hemingway A Farewell to Arms (1929) & selections from In Our Time (1925)
11) Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse (1927) + T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)
* all poetry will be taken from Dominic Hibberd and John Onions, eds., The Winter of the World: Poems of the Great War (London: Constable, 2007)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserMiss Linda Tym
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
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