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EN4422   Poetic Language

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue, 12.00 noon Thu

The module will cover significant areas of thinking about poetic language in a thematic way. Students will be introduced to general conceptions of poetic and literary language from structuralism, pragmatics and analytic philosophy. We will then move on to discuss theories of measure, figure, selection, equivalence, deviance and of poetic spirit. Emphasis will be placed on the linguistic and philosophical assumptions and objectives of the theorists studied. Students will be encouraged to continue asking what picture of language and what picture of poetry emerges from the texts studied. Theoretical discussion will be complemented by focused close reading sessions in which the class will test theory in practice. (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: 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).

Scheduled learning hours: 24

Guided independent study hours: 276

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr T Jones