Undergraduate Course: The American Novel, 1920-1960 (ENLI10099)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course introduces students to a number of key American novels of the first half of the twentieth century, raising issues of narrative form and national self-definition. Close attention is paid to historical context and a number of critical approaches through which these works can be read.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 essay of 2,500 words (30%);
1 class participation mark (10%)
1 sit down exam (60%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in relation to the American novel as a crucial genre in the production of modern literature.
- Students will understand the principal critical terms that are used in relation to the American novel and interrogate their utility.
- Students will be able to apply a range of secondary criticism to the primary texts on the course, and evaluate them in relation to their own readings.
- Students will perform textual analyses which consider a text's engagement with a novel's content and aesthetics in light of its historical and cultural contexts.
- Students will, in addition, further improve their abilities in areas fundamental to the study of English literature at Honours level: essay writing, independent reading, critical thinking, class discussion, oral presentation of information, and the ability to learn autonomously in small groups.
|Course organiser||Dr Alexandra Lawrie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8968
|Course secretary||Ms Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619