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Postgraduate Course: Poor Things: Capitalism, Reification and 20th Century Literature (ENLI11038)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course begins in the modernist area familiar from second year, tracing patterns of reification and personification as they appear in literary fiction - and extend later in the twentieth century into cyberpunk, science fiction, and perhaps some film - relating these to the nature and presentation of character and the self. These issues will be considered against a background of developing capitalist industry and technology, with some Marxist theory used where appropriate, especially in the first weeks of the course, to illumine the questions involved.

Course description The course begins in the modernist area familiar from second year, tracing patterns of reification and personification as they appear in literary fiction - and extend later in the twentieth century into cyberpunk, science fiction, and perhaps some film - relating these to the nature and presentation of character and the self. These issues will be considered against a background of developing capitalist industry and technology, with some Marxist theory used where appropriate, especially in the first weeks of the course, to illumine the questions involved.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Introduction; T S Eliot, 'Rhapsody on a Windy Night'; Willa Muir 'Clock-A-Doodle-Do'; Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang); Modern Times (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (1907)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1956)
Thomas Pynchon, V (1963)
Alasdair Gray, Lanark (1981)
William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) / The Matrix (dir. Wachowski Brothers)
Extracts from: Kamau Brathwaite, X/Self (1987) Middle Passages (1992); Cecilia Vicuña, Precario/Precarious (1983)
Karen Tei Yamashita, Through the Arc of the Rainforest (1990)
Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods (2007)/ Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, directors cut)
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  6
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 essay of 4,000 words
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge or arrange of twentieth-century fictions, and of their significance - as reflections, symptoms, analyses, etc - of a range of key social and political pressures.
  2. Gain knowledge of Marxist readings of these pressures, and of their literary transmutations, along with an ability to read literature within historical contexts, and as a revelation of their nature.
Reading List
Introduction; T S Eliot, 'Rhapsody on a Windy Night'; Willa Muir 'Clock-A-Doodle-Do'; Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang); Modern Times (dir. Charlie Chaplin)
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent (1907)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1956)
Thomas Pynchon, V (1963)

Alasdair Gray, Lanark (1981)
William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) / The Matrix (dir. Wachowski Brothers)
Extracts from: Kamau Brathwaite, X/Self (1987) Middle Passages (1992); Cecilia Vicuña, Precario/Precarious (1983)
Karen Tei Yamashita, Through the Arc of the Rainforest (1990)
Jeanette Winterson, The Stone Gods (2007)/ Blade Runner (dir. Ridley Scott, directors cut)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Jointly taught with undergraduate students (ENLI10178)
KeywordsPTCRL
Contacts
Course organiserDr Aaron Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3071
Email: Aaron.Kelly@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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