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Undergraduate Course: Booker Prize Novels 6 (LLLG07092)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe Man Booker Prize is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK. This course will look at selected winners of this prestigious literary prize and evaluate the merit of judging literature in this way.
Course description Booker Prize Novels 6 gives students the opportunity to explore the breadth of literature published after 1969 and to discuss the evaluation of literature using a prize structure. The course also allows the discussion of critical and historical context as well as close analysis of structural and stylistic elements of the winning novels.

We will consider two-time winner Hilary Mantel¿s fictionalised biography of Thomas Cromwell, John Banville¿s musings on the nature of memory in The Sea and Anne Enright¿s exploration of death in The Gathering. We will also explore Ben Okri¿s take on magical realism and Richard Flanagan¿s account of the effects of being a POW on the Burma railway.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) one 2000 word essay submitted after teaching finishes, worth 100% of mark
Feedback In addition to thorough written feedback on the final essay, students are given the opportunity to submit a formative practice essay of 1000 words in week 5, feedback being returned in week 6.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate confidence in discussing texts
  2. demonstrate analytical approach to close reading
  3. expore the histroical, social and politcal context of literature
Learning Resources
Mantel, Hilary, 2010. Wolf Hall. London: Fourth Estate.
Enright, Anne, 2008 The Gathering. London: Vintage.
Okri, Ben. 2003, The Famished Road. London: Vintage.
Flanagan, Richard, 2015. The Narrow Road to the Deep North. London: Vintage.
Banville, John, 2005. The Sea. London: Pan Macmillan.
Mullan, John, 2008. How Novels Work. Oxford: OUP.
Taylor, Jonathan, 2003. The Man Booker Prize: 35 years of the best in contemporary fiction. London: The Booker Prize Foundation.
Todd, Richard, 1996. Consuming Fictions: The Booker Prize and Fiction in Britain Today. London: Bloomsbury.
Roberts, Gillian, 2011. Prizing Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
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Course organiserMs Rachael King
Course secretaryMrs Diane Mcmillan
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