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EN3216 Modern Experimental Poetry

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

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 2-hour seminar
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 O Hazzard
Module teaching staff:Dr O Hazzard