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EN2901   Comedy in English Literature

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 8

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Only available to those enrolling on the MA Combined Studies or already enrolled on the MA/BSc General degree taken in the evening.

Planned timetable: Thu 6.30 - 9.30 pm

This module builds on the work of EN1901 (Reading English) to give extended and deeper understanding of major literary texts, in drama, verse and prose, from the sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The focus of the module is on comedy and comic forms of writing. This will include an introduction to theories of comedy and study of techniques of humorous writing. Since comedy is often used to comment on and criticise society, the relationship between writers and texts and the historical and social conditions of their times will also be a theme of the module, with particular reference to gender issues. The authors to be studied will include plays, poems and novels from Shakespeare to the present day.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN1901

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take EN2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2.5-hour session: lecture and seminar, and 1 optional consultative hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 28

Guided independent study hours: 172

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr H A R Hanson
Module teaching staff: Team taught