Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/ams-20065/lists
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.
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: 01,02,03relate textual analysis to social, cultural and historical contexts. will be achieved by assessments: 02,03describe 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, 03describe 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, 03employ the basic bibliographical, referencing, and presentation requirements of the core disciplines will be achieved by assessments: 02-
11 x 2 hour seminar; 11 x 4 hour seminar preparation; 84 hours assignment preparation
1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Description of Module Assessment
Close textual analysis exercise 1,000-1,500 wordsThe 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 wordsThematic/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 participationParticipation is assessed according to energy and effort as well as academic ability (see AMS Student Handbook for full details)