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

Undergraduate Course: The American Novel, 1920-1960 (ENLI10099)

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 offers a sample of the enormous range and variety of American novels published in the first half of this century. It focuses particularly on the stylistic experimentation of individual writers and examines literary innovation in the context of the social history of the period
Course description This course offers a sample of the enormous range and variety of American novels published in the first half of this century. It focuses particularly on the stylistic experimentation of individual writers and examines literary innovation in the context of the social history of the period. The course will therefore read these novels against some of the most important events and developments of the period, including the 1920s Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age, and the Great Depression at the end of that decade; racial discrimination and the Civil Rights Movement; adolescent and literary rebellion after World War Two; and sexual commodification and ┬┐containment┬┐ during the Cold War. Below is an indicative list of the primary material likely to be covered:
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Nella Larsen, Passing
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
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))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  57
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture 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) 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. Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of critical issues in relation to the American novel as a crucial genre in the production of modern literature.
  2. Students will understand the principal critical terms that are used in relation to the American novel and interrogate their utility.
  3. Students will be able to apply a range of secondary criticism to the primary texts on the course, and evaluate them in relation to their own readings.
  4. Students will perform textual analyses which consider a text's engagement with a novel's content and aesthetics in light of its historical and cultural contexts.
  5. Students will, in addition, further improve their abilities in areas fundamental to the study of English literature at Honours level: essay writing, independent reading, critical thinking, class discussion, oral presentation of information, and the ability to learn autonomously in small groups.
Reading List
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Nella Larsen, Passing
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
Additional Information
Course URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/literatures-languages-cultures/english-literature/undergraduate/current/honours
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Seminar: 2 hour(s) per week for 10 week(s);

plus 1 hour a week attendance at Autonomous Learning Group - times to be arranged
KeywordsENLI10099 Modern American Novel
Contacts
Course organiserDr Andrew Taylor
Tel: (1031 6)50 4584
Email: Andrew.Taylor@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Sheila Strathdee
Tel: (0131 6)50 3619
Email: S.Strathdee@ed.ac.uk
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