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Undergraduate Course: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American Women Writers (ENLI10224)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course explores writing by American women writers from the nineteenth century up to about 1920. Crucial questions concerning social identity, genre and culture will be considered, together with the writers self-identification and their attitudes towards their work. The question of what it is to be 'American' is frequently raised by the texts, in relation to political considerations, to landscape and to national ideals. Issues of humour, and of the genre of 'sentimentalism' will be considered in relation to the writers' interest in such areas as gender and class roles, abolition, immigration, health and religious reform.
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
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Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesA MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course having three to four literature classes at grade A.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students successfully completing the course will become familiar with a broad range of writing by American women of the period, enhancing their ability to read critically and comparatively. They will develop an awareness of the various issues affecting 'American' identity for women of the period, and the relationship of this literature to the contemporary male canon. Students will understand how the generic forms of sentimentalism and humour inflect the literary presentation of social, political and religious issues.
Assessment Information
1 course essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 take-away examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
1 course essay of 2,500 words (25%); 1 take-away examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited to 15, 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. In the case of excess applications places will be decided by ballot.
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Course organiser Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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