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

Postgraduate Course: Literature and Modernity II: Late Modernism and Beyond (ENLI11182)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is the semester 2 core course for MSc Literature and Modernity and is only available for students on that programme.

This course examines topics in contemporary literary and critical theory with specific attention paid to questions of the politics of literary texts, the production of political identity through texts, and the contested questions of cultural politics through which texts are read. Topics to be covered include post-structuralism, post-colonialism, post-modernism, sexual politics and cultural identity.
Course description Week 1
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1953) and Endgame (1957)
Stanley Cavell, 'Ending the Waiting Game: A Reading of Beckett's Endgame' (1969)

Week 2
Elizabeth Bishop, Poems (2011)
Michael Malay, 'The Homely and the Wild in Elizabeth Bishop' (2017)

Week 3
J.G. Ballard, Crash (1973)
Jean Baudrillard, 'Ballard's Crash' (1976)

Week 4
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
Judith Butler, from Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990)

Week 5
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Christina Sharpe, from In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016)

Week 6

Week 7
Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014)
Nadia Ellis, 'Marlon James's Savage Business' (2015); Sheri-Marie Harrison, 'Excess in A Brief History of Seven Killings' (2015)

Week 8
Colson Whitehead, Zone One (2011)
Mitchum Huehls, 'Risking Critique' (2015); Jeremy Rosen, 'Literary Fiction and the Genres of Genre Fiction' (2018)

Week 9
Ben Lerner, 10:04 (2014)
Nicholas Brown, 'The Work of Art in the Age of its Real Subsumption under Capital' (2012)

Week 10
Jeanette Winterson, Frankissstein: A Love Story (2019)
Anson Koch-Rein, 'Trans-lating the Monster: Transgender Affect and Frankenstein' (2019)

Week 11
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)
Angela Hume, 'Toward an Antiracist Ecopoetics: Waste and Wasting in the Poetry of Claudia Rankine' (2016)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One essay of 4,000 words (100%)
-You may also submit a 1,000 word essay plan one month before your essay deadline. This essay plan will not receive a mark, but will form the basis of written feedback given by the course organiser with a view to helping you prepare for your summative assessment.
Feedback Detailed written feedback on optional formative assessment (essay plan) and summative assessment (essay). Both within 15 working days of submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students should understand the ways in which post-World War II literary texts intersect with historical, political, social, intellectual, and ethical questions and contexts.
  2. Students should be able to articulate how the forms and literary strategies of post-World War II texts perform cultural and political work.
  3. Students should develop a critical vocabulary for the analysis of literary texts and cultural phenomena.
  4. Students should be able to reflect critically on current practices and disputes in literary and cultural theory and criticism.
  5. Students should be able to mount a substantial, sustained, and theoretically-informed argument about post-World War II literature.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Benjamin Bateman
Tel: (0131) 650 4288
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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