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EN4419 American Fiction: Self and Nation (1865 - 1939)

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Fri

This module provides an introduction to American fiction published between the end of the Civil War and the start of the Second World War. The module encourages students to evaluate the relationship between historical events (including Reconstruction, the 'Jazz Age', the Depression) and American literary movements and genres including the romance, the realist novel, the 'lost generation' , the Harlem Renaissance and Southern Gothic. The module is centrally concerned with the conception and representation of American identity in fiction, and with heterogeneous definitions of 'the American novel'. These topics are considered in relation to the historical, social and geographical contexts of ten set texts. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English, section I for BA (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:Dr J D Byatt
Module teaching staff:Dr J D Byatt