ENG-20070 - Transatlantic Modernisms
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

To enable students to study selected fiction and poetry produced in Britain, Ireland and the US from the beginning of the twentieth century to the mid-century.
To enable students to reflect on the social contexts and political ideologies that shaped the period (1900 to 1950) 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, modernism 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 enable students 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 early twentieth-century narrative and/or poetry: 1,2
Identify and evaluate trends in fiction and poetry over the period from 1900 to 1950: 1,2
Demonstrate close reading skills appropriate to the analysis of poetry and/or fiction: 1,2
Apply knowledge of historical contexts informing the period from 1900 to 1950 to the interpretation of literary texts: 1,2
Recognise and successfully employ critical concepts and terms such as formalism, modernism, gender, and race: 1,2

Study hours

36 hours: teaching contact time
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.
1 hour: essay feedback
63 hours: primary and secondary reading for lecture and seminar preparation
15 hours: Short paper research and writing
35 hours: Essay research and writing

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 30%
Short Paper
A close reading of a poem or narrative extract from texts studied in the first half of the module. 1,200 words.

2: Essay weighted 70%
Research Essay
Students will be asked to choose one from a list of circa 10 questions and produce a researched essay of 2000 words.