Undergraduate Course: Strangers to Ourselves: Post-war & Contemporary Writing (ENLI10332)
|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 will aim to meet student demand for the opportunity to study post-war and contemporary British writing. In effect a survey of canonical and emerging writers of the period, the course will significantly contribute to the department's existing core provision of courses on mid-twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature.
The course will use the figure of the stranger to introduce students to a range of post-war writing from the 1950s to the present. The stranger here takes many forms: ambivalent tricksters, aspiring immigrants, invading armies, or an unhiemlich sense of ┐strangeness within┐ as a constituent factor in the creation of identity. The course will include prose, poetry and drama forms, and touch upon some of the most significant social and political moments of the period including the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Thatcherism, the development of multiculturalism, the miner┐s strike, the second Iraq War, and the current environmental crisis. Thematically, our discussions will explore the boundaries of place, memory, literary form and identity (be it in terms of gender, sexuality, class, environmental relations, ethnicity or nationality).
1. Introduction: others and ourselves
2. Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
3. Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye
4. J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
5. North Irish Poetry: (Seamus Heaney; Michael Longley; Eavan Boland)
6. Tony Harrison, V / Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Launderette
7. Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up!
8. Jackie Kay, Trumpet
9. Gregory Burke, Black Watch / David Grieg, Dunsinane
10. Alice Oswald, Woods, etc
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Other Study Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
one hour per week Autonomous Learning Group
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One semester essay of up to 2,500 words (30% of final mark);
Class participation assessment (10% of final mark);
and one two-hour sit-down examination (60% of final mark).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
| In addition to the skills training common to all English Literature Honours courses (essay writing, independent reading, group discussion, oral presentation, small-group autonomous learning) this course will aim to develop in students the ability to:
a) demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in post-war and contemporary writing, such as identity, gender, sexuality, class, race and nationhood;
b) speak and write fluently about these issues in relation to the primary texts, and the socio-historical contexts in which they are embedded;
c) apply a range of post-war literary theories, such as feminist literary criticism, postcolonialism, postmodernism and trauma theory, to the primary texts on the course, and evaluate these theories in relation to each other;
d) reflect constructively on good learning practice;
e) articulate how their own thinking about the key course issues has developed.
Ahmed, Sara, Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality. London and New York: Routledge, 2000
Benhabib, Seyla, The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents and Citizens. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2004.
Billington, Michael, The Life and Work of Harold Pinter. London: Faber, 1997.
Bhabha, Homi, The Location of Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 1994.
Butler, Judith, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. London and New York: Routledge, 1990.
Derrida, Jacques, and Anne Dufourmantelle, Of Hospitality. Trans. Rachel Bowlby. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.
Felman, Shoshana, and Dori Laub, Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis and History. London and New York: Routledge, 1992.
Gilroy, Paul, 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack': The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
--, After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture? London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
Kristeva, Julia, Strangers to Ourselves. Trans. Leon S. Roudiez. New York and London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991.
Lyotard, Jean-Francois, The Postmodern Condition. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984.
Sierz, Aleks, In Yer Face Theatre. London: Faber, 2001.
|Course organiser||Dr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
|Course secretary||Ms Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619