Undergraduate Course: History, Time and Memory in the Contemporary Novel (ENLI10276)
|School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Available to all students
|This course will explore the engagement of recent and contemporary novelists with questions of history, time and memory. It will address questions of time and narrative in contemporary fiction, examining the ways in which contemporary writers have experimented with narrative sequence and narrative tense, and looking at the use of narrative and temporary conventions such as the one-day novel. It will also address the preoccupation in contemporary fiction with the rewriting of earlier texts,as a transmission of literary knowledge and as a dialogue between past and present texts. It will further address questions of history and memory, particularly ass these relate to the major historical events of the twentieth century, above all the world wars. In this context, the course will explore the lterary and critical concern with issues of memory and forgetting, with narrative evasion and repression, and with the relationship between private and public memory. The course will also explore concepts and theorisations of postmdoernism, and the ways in which its definitions have shifted towards a new critical concern with ethics and time.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Essential course texts.
Information for Visiting Students
|A MINIMUM of three college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as civilisation or creative writing are not considered for admissions to this course.
Applicants should also note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. In making admissions decisions preference will be given to students who achieve above the minimum requirement with the typical visiting student admitted to this course
having three to four literature classes at grade A.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
| Students completing this course will gain:
*Knowledge of a broad range of recent and contemporary fiction.
*An understanding of the ways in which contemporary writers are engaging with the work of their literary predecessors.
*An awareness of literary, critical and theoretical approaches to questions of time, memory and history.
*The ability to connect questions of narrative structure and narrative temporality with the central themes of time, history and memory.
|Dr Carole Jones
Tel: (0131 6)50 3068
|Mrs Catherine Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3620