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Undergraduate Course: An English Heritage: Nativism, Language and History in the Work of Four Post-war Poets (ENLI10239)

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 descriptionThis course will explore the work of four post-war English poets in relation to their shared concerns both with Englishness and with arguments concerning the nature of English poetic tradition. It will focus on works from the oeuvres of the four poets in which these issues are raised as matters of style, prosody and theme, and will also, where appropriate, address those works through the critical and other controversies to which they have given rise. Of consistent interest will be the ways in which this poetry is situated in relation to the challenge and legacies of international modernism, and how in the light of this relation it tackles the issue of a 'native' tradition in English poetry. This concern will be informed in turn by two further significant questions: firstly, the importance that ought to be accorded to the non-metropolitan status of this poetry, and a related interest in non-standard Englishes; secondly, the relevance for this poetry of postwar political and cultural disputes regarding the writing of English history.
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 1 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s). 1 hour a week attendance 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 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
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 this course students will be able to:

- demonstrate a good knowledge of the work of the four poets;
- comment knowledgeably on the style and prosodic details of the poetry studied;
- show an awareness of relevant critical controversies surrounding some of these bodies of work;
- demonstrate a familiarity with relevant aspects of the postwar 'English question'
- assess the significance of dialect or non-standard English for this poetry's engagement with the issues
Assessment Information
1 course essay of 2,500 words (25%,)

plus 1 take-home examination essay of 3,000 words (75%)
Special Arrangements
Numbers are limited and students taking degrees not involving English or Scottish literature need the written approval of the head of English Literature.
Additional Information
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Course organiserProf James Loxley
Tel: (0131 6)50 3610
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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