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EN4422 Poetic Language

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue, 12.00 noon Thu

This module focuses on the history of thinking about poetic language, primarily in English-language traditions. Its core will be the study of twentieth- and twenty first-century theories of poetic language, but it will draw on theoretical and literary texts from the fourteenth century onwards. Poetic language is a contested topic in various established and emerging disciplines: literary linguistics, post-structuralist theory, philosophy of language, cognitive poetics, practice-led research. This module will draw together the study of poetic language from these various perspectives, and enable students to apply their theoretical studies to a wide range of poetic texts, and to appreciate how those texts complicate theoretical work. The module will help to bridge the gaps between different ways of studying poetry in the university context - theoretical, scholarly, creative. (Group E)

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Group E Optional for English

UG Pre-requisite(s):EN2003, EN2004

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:3 weekly hours in Weeks 1-7; a one-off 30 min. discussion at some point in Weeks 8-11, plus compulsory attendance at a symposium (ca. 2.5 hours).
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 24
  • Guided independent study: 276

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr T Jones
Module teaching staff:Dr T Jones