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EN3215   Atomic Cultures: Anglophone Writing and the Global Cold War

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am Tue and 11.00 am Thu

On August 6, 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima announced the beginning of a new, nuclear age. As the Second World War came to an end, the victors geared up for a new and no less global conflict, a Cold War between the U.S.S.R and the western powers which would involve countless other nations, taking place by means of espionage, proxy wars, and cultural influence. This module introduces the literature and related culture of the Cold War Anglosphere, from reportage and protest lyrics to fictions of apocalypse, espionage, and paranoia, and explores how the radioactive energy of the atomic age reshaped the twentieth-century imagination. (Group E)

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass EN2003 and pass EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture, 1 seminar plus 2 optional consultation hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr J J Purdon