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EN4418 American Poetry since 1950

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Mon

This module provides an introduction to the contemporary poetry of the United States, examining some of its important predecessors, recent poetic theory, ideas related to its regional poetries, ways in which poets reflect and engage with the contemporary world, and in which they regard their roles and activities. Through a close study of a number of poets, a sense will be gained of the role and importance of U.S. contemporary poetry and its relation to the broader tradition. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English, section I for B.A. (Intl Hons) English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 tutorial, and 2 optional consultative hours.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

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:Prof J P Burnside
Module teaching staff:Prof J P Burnside