AMS-20065 - From Modernity to Counter-Culture: American Literature and Social Criticism in the Twentieth Century
Coordinator: Oliver Cg Harris Room: CBB1.053 Tel: +44 1782 7 33016
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733147

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

No barred combinations

Description for 2019/20

The transformations within American society during the Twentieth Century have been amongst the most far-reaching of any western culture. It is the purpose of this module to address the literary responses to this period of radical change, taking its examples from both poetry and prose. These examples will be shown to register and confront social, political and cultural issues both directly and indirectly in order to develop a knowledge of literature's alterability within the modern and postmodern eras, its responsiveness to changing material and ideological conditions, and the varying shapes of that responsiveness. A key question will be the extent to which any literary text critiques or colludes with its social occasion.

Aims
The module is designed to examine the relationship between American literature as a critical force and historical developments in 20thC American society. The approach is to look beyond explicit social "content" or polemical intentions. This involves studying a diverse range of texts in order to explore the relations between literary form, a writer's extra-literary purposes, and wider ideological factors. As a result, students will be examining the changing and various nature and role of American literature during the modern period. The module's horizon is a knowledge of how literature may be viewed as critical of, or complicit with, the society within which it is produced.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/ams-20065/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

analyse 20th-century American poetry and prose in order to explore the relations between literary form, a writer's extra-literary purposes, and wider ideological factors. will be achieved by assessments: 01,02,03
relate textual analysis to social, cultural and historical contexts. will be achieved by assessments: 02,03
describe and analyse basic features of the social, historical and political identity of the United States in the Twentieth Century will be achieved by assessments: 02, 03
describe and evaluate basic features of mult-disciplinary scholarship (literary, historical and/or political) relating to study of the United States in the Twentieth Century will be achieved by assessments: 01, 03
employ the basic bibliographical, referencing, and presentation requirements of the core disciplines will be achieved by assessments: 02
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Study hours

11 x 2 hour seminar; 11 x 4 hour seminar preparation; 84 hours assignment preparation

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Close textual analysis exercise 1,000-1,500 words
The module will be taught by weekly two-hour seminars. Feedback will be given on the Short Paper (submitted in Week 7) in one-to-one sessions in Week 9).

2: Essay weighted 60%
Thematic/formal analysis assessed essay 3,000-3,500 words
Thematic/formal analysis, from a range of set titles that should enable students to demonstrate the module's main learning outcomes.

3: Class Participation weighted 10%
Class participation
Participation is assessed according to energy and effort as well as academic ability (see AMS Student Handbook for full details)