Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
The module aims to study the social, cultural, psychological, medical, philosophical, and aesthetic dimensions of works dealing with three decades of American history that are concerned with a range of intoxicants - alcohol, heroin, LSD, and peyote. Rather than taking a biographical approach (which might, for example, focus on the role of drink in the writing of the Lost Generation), the module focuses on representations of individuals or groups involved in sub- and counter-cultural use of mind-altering and/or addictive substances. The first half of the module focuses on addiction, the second half on socio-cultural history, and the written assessments can be either theory or text based but will require some element of both.The emphasis on studying formal features of texts also includes comparative analysis of Hollywood adaptations and films. The module is suitable for those who have already studied literature in Y1 or Y2, although experience of studying film would be an advantage.Students will be expected to buy their own copies of all the set books and to read widely for the research-based long essay.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/ams-30038/lists
To study the social, cultural, psychological, medical, philosophical, and aesthetic dimensions of works dealing with three decades of American history that are concerned with a range of intoxicants - alcohol, heroin, LSD, and peyote.To develop advanced level analysis of literary texts in relation to American wartime and postwar culture, including film.
Intended Learning Outcomes
situate sub- and counter-cultural groups to broader social, psychological, medical, philosophical, and cultural issues in wartime and postwar American culture: 2critically analyse the aesthetic dimensions of a range of textual representations to an advanced level: 2relate literary and filmic representations to wartime and postwar American culture to an advanced level: 1,2
22 hours teaching, comprising 11 x 2-hour seminars + 10 hour seminar preparation; 50 hours Short Paper preparation; 68 hours long essay preparation.
1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
1,200-word analysis of the representation of a sub- or counter-cultural use of an intoxicant in one textFollowing a preparatory workshop, students focus on one text (novel or film) in order to analyse the social, cultural, and political significance of the representation of a particular sub-or counter-cultural group's use of an intoxicant in relation to addiction, in 1,200 words, including references and bibliography2: Essay weighted 70%
2,500 word essay based on second half of the module2,500 word essay, including references, based on broader research into texts studied in the second half of the module