ENG-20060 - Contemporary World Literature
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

To allow students to study selected anglophone literature produced during the contemporary period.
To enable students to reflect on the social contexts and political ideologies that have dominated during the contemporary period and to consider the significance of a variety of literary texts in relation to these.
To provide students with 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 contemporary fiction and/or poetry: 1,2
identify and evaluate trends in fiction and poetry in the contemporary period: 1,2
demonstrate close reading skills appropriate to the analysis of poetry and fiction: 1,2
enhance their interpretation of texts through knowledge of the historical contexts informing the contemporary period: 1,2
recognise and employ critical concepts and terms used in modern critical study such as formalism, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and gender studies: 1,2

Study hours

Contact time (36 hours)
Two hour lecture slots with one hour of traditional lecture and one hour of directed study (reading and analysing secondary criticism) per week AND one hour discussion-based seminar per week.
essay feedback (1 hour)
lecture and seminar preparation and private study (60 hours)
essay writing and preparation (40 hours)
short paper preparation and writing (13 hours)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 30%
1000 word Short Paper
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: 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.