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EN3215 Atomic Cultures: Anglophone Writing and the Global Cold War

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
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)

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 lecture, 1 seminar plus 2 optional consultation 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 J Purdon
Module teaching staff: