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Undergraduate Course: Modernism, Myth, and Romance 1880-1940 (ENLI10371)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course addresses the origins of Anglo-American modernism in the late nineteenth century's special interest in traditional narrative forms of 'myth' and 'romance', and the systems of thought that they embodied; an interest that was particularly acute among Scottish and Irish authors. This re-evaluation of the archaic, and its tropes of ordeal, rebirth and renewal, provided inspiration for the more radical experiments of the next generation in their efforts to recover or reinvent civilizational continuity in the aftermath of the Great War. This course will therefore examine 'myth' and 'romance', not as a source of timeless archetypes representing an a-historical human nature, but as a strategic resource on which writers draw in grappling with the disruptions and dislocations of modernity.
Course description Not entered
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  24
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) one Course Essay (2,500 words) 30%;

class participation assessment 10%;

one formal sit-down Examination (2 hours) 60%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate competency in core skills in the study of English Literature: essay-writing, independent reading, group discussion, oral presentation, small-group autonomous learning
  2. By the end of the course a student will be able to analyse Victorian and Modernist poetry, prose and drama
  3. The student will gain an excellent working knowledge of the employment of myth in Anglophone texts over a 60 year period.
  4. The student will gain an excellent working knowledge of the employment of Romance in Anglophone texts over a 60 year period.
  5. By the end of the course a student will be able to demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on a variety of critical and methodological approaches to Victorian and Modernist poetry, prose and drama.
Reading List
R.L. Stevenson, texts supplied for the course on Learn.
George MacDonald, Lilith (any available edition).
W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot, poems in The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
H.D., Selected Poems ed. Louis Martz. Manchester: Carcanet, 1989.
James Joyce, Ulysses ed. Jeri Johnson. Oxford World's Classics, 2008.
Hugh MacDiarmid, Selected Poems ed. Alan Riach and Michael Grieve. Manchester: Carcanet, 2004.
David Jones, In Parenthesis. London: Faber, 2010.
Neil Gunn, Highland River. Edinburgh: Canongate, 1997.

Bell, Michael, Literature Modernism and Myth. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Bristow, Joseph, The Fin-de-siecle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005.
Castle, Gregory, Modernism and the Celtic Revival. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Crawford, Robert, Savage and the City in the Work of T.S. Eliot. Oxford University Press, 1990.
Frazer, James George, The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion ed. Robert Fraser. Oxford World's Classics, 2009.
Keating, Peter, The Haunted Study: A Social History of the English Novel 1875-1914. London: Secker and Warburg, 1989.
Jones, Peter, Introduction to Imagist Poetry. London: Penguin Classics, 2001.
Levenson, Michael, Cambridge Companion to Modernism. Cambridge University Press, 1999
Lowell, Amy, Tendencies in Modern American Poetry. New York: Macmillan, 1917. (chapter on imagism). This is on line
Sandison, Alan, Robert Louis Stevenson and the Appearance of Modernism. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.
Surette, Leon, The Birth of Modernism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, and the Occult. Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks;
plus attendance at Autonomous Learning Group for one hour per week - at time to be arranged
KeywordsMyth,Modernism,Romance,Scottish Literature,Irish Literature
Course organiserDr David Farrier
Tel: (0131 6)50 3607
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
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