Undergraduate Course: Western Fictions (ENLI10091)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is a study of literary texts that depict the American frontier experience; it is an examination of how the American west has been represented, and of the ways in which it is integral to ideas about American national identity. The course uses 9 literary texts to interrogate western stereotypes (particularly of masculinity and violence), to scrutinise the western myth, and to understand western literature's relation to the phenomenon of `New Western History'.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||A MINIMUM of 4 college/university level literature courses at grade B or above (should include no more than one introductory level literature course). Related courses such as cross disciplinary, "Freshman Seminars", civilisation or creative writing classes are not considered for admission 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 four or more literature classes at grade A.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Course Delivery Information
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| By the end of the course the successful student will have a good close textual knowledge of nine works of fiction that represent the American west from a variety of different perspectives; the student will also be able to contextualise each of these works in terms of western historiography, and understand how depictions of the American frontier are bound up with political and aesthetic issues that impact upon myths of national identity.
|Course organiser||Dr Ken Millard
Tel: (0131 6)50 8304
|Course secretary||Ms Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619