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EN4426 Civil Wars on Page and Screen

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Mon, plus film viewing 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Fri

In this module we shall be looking at literary and cinematic representations of a number of different instances of civil war from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In the process, we will focus on issues such as gender, race, class, family and nationhood, politics of memory and commemoration, and the aesthetics of representing violence. We will examine the politics of definition of civil wars and think about civil wars as a consequence of colonialism and post-colonial nation-building. Questions we will be addressing include: What are the specific issues that are associated with civil wars? Is there a particular kind of literature that comes out of civil wars? What role does literature play in our perceptions of civil wars? How might it help or hinder post-civil war reconciliation? What are the differences between literature of different genres, and between literature and cinema, when it comes to representing civil wars?

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:1 x 2-hour class and 2 optional consultative hours, and 3 optional hours of film viewing
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 A Raychaudhuri
Module teaching staff:Dr A Raychaudhuri