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EN3212 Modernist Literature: Making It New?

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:3.00 pm - 5.00 pm Thu

This module will survey a representative sample of modernist fiction and poetry, providing an opportunity for the in-depth study of key conceptual shifts and formal innovations in modernist literature. Thematically, it will take as its central focus the question of how the modernist desire to break with the past and 'make it new' existed alongside an on-going interest in tradition and the past. We will consider topics such as Imagism and classicism; modernist uses of myth; the modernist pastoral; modernism and memory; exile and imagined return; and the anticipatory nostalgia of the 1930s. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr B Carver
Module teaching staff:Dr B Carver