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Postgraduate Course: Literary Studies Poetry Year One (Online Learning) (ENLI11224)

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 book of poetry (or the equivalent number of poems chosen from a larger volume) every 3 weeks, in this instance a selection of leading poets of the mid-late twentieth century. 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 critical responses (each 500 words maximum) 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 1. Elizabeth Bishop: Poems: The Centenary Edition
2. Seamus Heaney, Opened Ground
3. Edwin Morgan, New Selected Poems
4. Ted Hughes: Collected Poems
5. Zbigniew Herbert, The Collected Poems 1956-1998
6. Janet Frame: Storms Will Tell
7. Adrienne Rich, Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995-1998
8. Tomas Tranströmer, The Half-Finished Heaven
9. Derek Walcott, Omeros
10. Pablo Neruda, The Essential Neruda
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and summarise key structural, thematic and linguistic components of literary texts
  2. Evaluate and critique literary texts and scholarly material
  3. Synthesise information and articulate ideas in formal writing and group discussion
  4. Compose and structure a coherent and relevant argument in response to bodies of work and related scholarly material
  5. Locate and access relevant information and material through online databases and other web-based resources
Reading List
A selection of The Paris Review Interviews with writers at
Morgan, Edwin, Nothing Not Giving Messages: reflections on work and life
Heaney, Seamus, Finders Keepers, Selected Prose 1971-2001
Holub, Miroslav, The Dimensions of the Present Moment
Hugo, Richard, The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing
Mandelstam, Osip, The Noise of Time: Selected Prose,
McCully, C.B.,The Poet's Voice and Craft
Middleton, Christopher, Jackdaw Jiving
Neruda, Pablo, Memoirs
Paulin, Tom, The Secret Life of Poems
Rich, Adrienne, What is Found There; notebooks on poetry and politics
Schwartz, Delmore, The Ego is Always at the Wheel: Bagatelles
O'Brien, Sean, The Deregulated Muse
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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