ENG-20054 - Twentieth-Century British Fiction and Poetry
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

The twentieth-century witnessed colossal political societal and technological shifts. From the modernism of the early part of the century through wars, revolutions and disillusionment to the postmodernism of the second half of the twentieth-century, literature traced, reflected and critiqued these developments. This module will introduce students to important British writers of the twentieth-century, from the modernists through to contemporary writers. From D.H Lawrence, Dorothy Richardson and Virginia Woolf through to Linton Kwesei Johnson, Jackie Kay and Zadie Smith, the twentieth-century was a period of literary innovation and experiment.

To study selected fiction and poetry produced in Britain from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.
To enable students to reflect on the social contexts and political ideologies that have dominated during the period (1900 to the present) and to consider the significance of a variety of literary texts in relation to these.
To provide students with a knowledge of various critical frameworks (cultural and literary) such as feminist theory, postmodernism and postcolonialism, and to develop an ability to work with these as part of an independent critical practice.
To enable students to appreciate and analyse the emergence and significance of different literary styles during the period.
To account for the importance of gender, class, sexual and racial identities in the literature of the period.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify and assess critically the formal techniques used in twentieth-century narrative fiction: 2,3
identify and assess critically the formal techniques used in twentieth-century poetry: 1,2,3
to identify and evaluate trends in fiction and poetry over the period from 1900 to the present: 2,3
demonstrate close reading skills appropriate to the analysis of poetry: 1,2,3
demonstrate close reading skills appropriate to the analysis of fiction: 2,3
recognise how the interpretation of texts is enhanced by knowledge of the historical contexts informing the period from 1900 to the present: 1,2,3
recognise and employ critical concepts and terms used in modern critical study such as formalism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and gender studies: 1,2,3


Study hours

lectures (12 hours)
small group classes (12 hours)
seminar preparation and private study (72 hours)
essay writing and preparation (43 hours)
formative exercise preparation and writing (10 hours)
essay feedback (1 hour)

School Rules

Successful completion of at least one level 4 English module (any coded ENG-1xxxx).

Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 20%
Short Paper weighted 20%
1000-word close reading of a short poem Students will be asked to produce a close reading of a poem. They will be offered three poems to choose from.

2: Class Participation weighted 10%
Class Participation weighted 10%
Seminar preparation and contribution to seminar discussions. Students will be assessed on their preparation for, and contribution to, seminar discussion.

3: Essay weighted 70%
Essay weighted 70%
2,500 word essay. Students will be asked to choose one from a list of essay questions. The essay questions will be theme based and cover topics studied on the module.