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EN3216   Modern Experimental Poetry

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm Thu

The module examines some of the most innovative and provocative poets of the postwar period. The aims are to attain a sense of the most significant poetic movements of the postwar period; to examine the prevalence and value of transatlantic poetic exchange; to observe how large and complex aesthetic developments can be detected in the specifics of individual oeuvres and friendships; to relate the acts of poetic composition and critical reception to relevant broader questions of a historical, philosophical or political nature; to develop the skills of very close reading the texts we will discuss demand, while becoming attuned to the historical development of different reading practices. We will be looking to establish points of continuity or disagreement between poets as the idea of formal 'experimentalism' or 'innovation' or 'otherness' alters according to time and place. The module will help students approach literature confidently as critics.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

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 O R Hazzard
Module teaching staff: Dr O Hazzard