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Undergraduate Course: Strangers to Ourselves: Post-war & Contemporary Writing (ENLI10332)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will aim to meet student demand for the opportunity to study post-war and contemporary British writing. In effect a survey of canonical and emerging writers of the period, the course will significantly contribute to the department's existing core provision of courses on mid-twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature.
Course description The course will use the figure of the stranger to introduce students to a range of post-war writing from the 1950s to the present. The stranger here takes many forms: ambivalent tricksters, aspiring immigrants, invading armies, or an unhiemlich sense of strangeness within as a constituent factor in the creation of identity. The course will include prose, poetry and drama forms, and touch upon some of the most significant social and political moments of the period including the Troubles in Northern Ireland, Thatcherism, the development of multiculturalism, the miner's strike, the second Iraq War, and the current environmental crisis. Thematically, our discussions will explore the boundaries of place, memory, literary form and identity (be it in terms of gender, sexuality, class, environmental relations, ethnicity or nationality).

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye
J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
Northern Irish Poetry: (Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, and Eavan Boland)
Tony Harrison, V & Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Launderette
Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up!
Jackie Kay, Trumpet
Gregory Burke, Black Watch & Imtiaz Dharker, The Terrorist at My Table
Jez Butterworth, Jerusalem
Olivia Laing, Crudo

In this course we will be discussing content that may be traumatising to some students. We believe in the importance of engaging with this material and so please rest assured that we will work with you to ensure you can participate fully and demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes of the course, without compromising your wellbeing or your academic development. If you have concerns at any point we invite you to approach the course organiser [Dr David Farrier (] to discuss how we can best support you in your work on this course. We affirm that you will be treated with dignity and respect in all discussions and at every stage of the course.
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 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 166 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) one hour per week Autonomous Learning Group
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2500 word coursework essay (40%) submitted mid-semester;
plus 3000 word final essay submitted during exam period (60%).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in post-war and contemporary writing, such as identity, gender, sexuality, class, race and nationhood
  2. speak and write fluently about these issues in relation to the primary texts, and the socio-historical contexts in which they are embedded
  3. apply a range of post-war literary theories, such as feminist literary criticism, postcolonialism, postmodernism and trauma theory, to the primary texts on the course, and evaluate these theories in relation to each other
  4. articulate how their own thinking about the key course issues has developed
  5. demonstrate the core skills common to all English Literature Honours courses (essay writing, independent reading, group discussion, small-group autonomous learning).
Reading List
Compulsory (nb some additional material will be provided in extract):

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners
Muriel Spark, The Ballad of Peckham Rye
J.G. Ballard, High-Rise
Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Launderette
Jonathan Coe, What a Carve Up!
Jackie Kay, Trumpet
Gregory Burke, Black Watch
Jez Butterworth, Jerusalem
Olivia Laing, Crudo
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hours per week for 10 weeks;

plus 1 hour per week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - at time to be arranged
KeywordsENLI10332 Stranger,Post-war,contemporary,literature.
Course organiserProf Olga Taxidou
Tel: (0131 6)50 3611
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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