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Postgraduate Course: Literary Studies Poetry Year Two (Online Learning) (ENLI11225)

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 work by leading poets of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, 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 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 Ruth Padel, The Mara Crossing,
Sharon Olds, Selected Poems,
Don Paterson, Selected Poems,
Charles Simic, The voice at 3am: Selected Late and New Poems,
Sinéad Morrissey: Through the Square Window,
Les Murray, Learning Human, Selected Poems,
Rita Dove, American Smooth,
Simon Armitage, Seeing Stars,
Lorna Goodison, Goldengrove: New and Selected Poems,
George Szirtes, Bad Machine
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 2, Online Activities 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 12, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 133 )
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. Synthesise a range of responses to diverse 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. Initiate, direct and summarise discussion of literary texts
Reading List
Allen, Donald, The New American Poetry
Bloom, Harold: The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry
Bachelard, Gaston,The Poetics of Space
Boiseau, Bar-Nadar and Wallace, Writing Poetry Brinnin, Read & McKenna (eds) The Modern Poets
Brown, Clare and Paterson, Don, Don't Ask Me What I Mean; Poets in Their Own Words
Faas, Ekbert, Towards A New American Poetics: Essays and Interviews
Fenton, James, An Introduction to English Poetry
Gioia,Mason and Shoerke, eds: 20th Century American Poetics: Poets on the Art of Poetry
Harmon, William (ed), Classic Writings on Poetry
Herbert, W.N. and Hollis, Mathew, Strong Words: Modern Poets on Poetry.
Lopez, Tony, Meaning Performance: Essays on Poetry
Muldoon, Paul, End of the Poem: Oxford Lectures on Poetry
Padel, Ruth, 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem
Perloff, Marjorie, Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by other Means in the New Century
Spender, Stephen, The Making of a Poem
Wolosky, Shira, The Art of Poetry: How to Read a Poem
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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