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EN4405   Contemporary Poetry in Great Britain and Ireland

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

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: 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tue

The module starts with an overview of the field introducing three key forbears of influence and how they reacted to the ‘landscape’ of their environment. It will then look at two or three key figures per week [ both ‘major’ and ‘minor’ figures] through specific works, examination of critical themes and reception, the cultural impact of National identity on their work, and similarities and differences between the work of their respective nations. It will set these practitioners within their own context and time-sometimes making links to other arts and cultures- but also examining how contemporary critical attitudes may now view them. Ideas of ‘the mainstream’/ ‘the elite’ and ‘the avant-garde’ will be explored and the syllabus will move towards younger contemporary poets to examine how a living poetry responds to its political and cultural environment. (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: 2 x 1-hour seminars, and 2 optional consultative hours.

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 teaching staff: Mr Matthew Caley (MCH26)