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

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Both

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Semester 1: 1.00 pm Tue and 12 noon Wed Semester 2: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Fri

The module provides an introduction to American fiction through the chronological study of ten texts published between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Second World War. The module encourages students to reflect on what is distinctive about ¿the American novel¿, to develop knowledge of the way in which this term had changed, and to encounter some examples of the rich variety of American fiction. The module also encourages students to develop an understanding of the socio-political contexts of these texts: students will be encouraged to evaluate the relationship between historical events such as Reconstruction, the ‘Jazz Age’, and the Depression and the development of the American novel. (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 K E Treen
Module teaching staff: Dr Kristen Treen (S1); Dr Emma Sutton (S2) Module coordinator(s): Dr Kristen Treen (S1); Dr Emma Sutton (S2)