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

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

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)

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 seminar and 1 tutorial, 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 coordinator: Dr J D Byatt
Module teaching staff: Dr J D Byatt