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EN4371   Forming Freedom: African-American Writing

Academic year(s): 2020-2021

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Fri

This module will give students a broad grounding in the development of African-American writing, from early slave narratives to the 'passing' novel. Focussing on a range of textual forms and genres which trouble a canonical framing of African-American writing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it will offer students an insight into the diverse and experimental nature of black literary production. In studying newspaper poetry, periodical fiction, and archival traces of self-emancipated speakers in Scotland, students will encounter the challenges of recuperating African-American voices from the archive, and hone their research skills in this area. The module's historical scope will enable students to develop an understanding of the relationship between literary practice and the major social and political issues that shaped race relations during the period, from antebellum abolitionism and Civil War, to Reconstruction-era politics and Jim Crow legislation.

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 x 2-hour class per week for 11 weeks

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 264

Assessment pattern

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

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

Re-assessment: Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K E Treen
Module teaching staff: Dr Kristen Treen