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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Literary Studies Fiction Year Two (Online Learning) (ENLI11223)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents will read one one novel, novella or novel-in-stories every three weeks, from works published in mid nineteenth century to those of the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on cultural, linguistic and aesthetic diversity. In student-led forums in which the course director also participates, they will discuss the material in light of their own process and the secondary material set. The emphasis of this course is on reading as a writer. Students will submit two sample critical responses (each of 500 words) at intervals throughout the year and, at the end of the year, an essay of 3000 words. For critical responses, students choose their own topic and title. Essay titles are set by the course director.
Course description In this course, longer fiction is the focus, and the emphasis is on stylistic, structural, linguistic and cultural diversity. The texts have an international flavour and some works will be read in translation. They range in period from mid 19th to 21st century. Each text breaks the mould of traditional narrative in its own way(s). Form and content are interdependent and each writer has made over the world according to him/herself, without losing sight of the cultural milieu within which they write, reinforcing the proposition that individuality and ┐freedom of expression┐ often come from recognising and working within the constraints of culture and language, rather than from rejecting all such constraints. Each text will have its own discussion board and each board will have a student host, who will initiate discussion by posting a range of topics and close the board by summarising response. The course director will, largely, participate in the discussion on an equal footing as the students: developing writers need to learn to identify for themselves what to take from their reading. The opportunity to compare and contrast responses, and to revisit the reponse for the duration of the course, will raise critical skills and offer increased scope for critical response.
11. Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude
12. Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
13. Machado de Assis: Epitaph of a Small Winner
14. Knut Hamsun, Hunger
15. Ken Saro-Wiwa, Sozaboy: A Novel in Rotten English
16. Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter
17. Manuel Puig, Heartbreak Tango
18. Toni Morrison, Love
19. Janice Galloway, Clara
20. Yiyun Li, The Vagrants
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 1, Online Activities 105, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 25, Formative Assessment Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 56 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 x 500 word critical responses (10% each) and a 3000 word essay (80%)
Feedback Detailed written feedback on assessments is provided 3 times in the course of the year.

Towards the end of the first semester, and again before the spring break, students submit a critical response of 500 words. These short assessments are marked by the course director, and moderated by another member of staff. From the course director, students will receive feedback on content, structure, style, presentation and referencing, and overall performance. While assessed, these exercises also provide students with the opportunity to hone their critical writing skills, with guidance, in advance of the longer task of the essay.

At the end of the academic year, students submit a 3,000 word essay which is double marked by the course director and another member of staff. Full comments as above are provided by both markers.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Initiate, direct and summarise discussion of literary texts
  2. Recognise how forms and techniques explored might be relevant and applicable to their own practice
  3. Identify ways in which language reinvents itself within different cultures and locations, and reshapes the corresponding literatures
  4. Demonstrate a solid grounding in key components of craft
  5. Synthesise a range of responses to diverse literary texts
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will have the ability to interrogate a wide range of literary texts; to assess and structure coherent arguments; to weigh up differing viewpoints and arrive at valid conclusions; and to navigate a wide variety of interpretations and opinions. In addition, they will be aware of how best to turn language to ends appropriate to a variety of situations, and will have learned to organise study around work or family, to manage their time in order to meet deadlines, and to work independently.
Course organiserDr Miriam Gamble
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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