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EN3215   Atomic Cultures: Anglophone Writing and the Global Cold War

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

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

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. It explores literary works in the context of a wide variety of official and unofficial media forms, including government propaganda films, civil defence leaflets, protest songs, visual art (sculpture, collage), and film. Students will learn to understand Cold War writing as part of a global field of ideological and cultural conflict, and with this in mind will read works of prose and poetry by American, British, and Commonwealth authors. The course will emphasize transactions between seemingly disparate domains of culture not only geographically but generically and formally, exploring relations between literature and the other arts, but also seeking to understand how political pressures, social sciences, and media narratives can shape and be shaped by literary production. (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 teaching staff: Dr James Purdon (JJP5)