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EN4426   Civil Wars on Page and Screen

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 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?

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 x 2-hour class and 2 optional consultative hours, and 3 optional hours of film viewing

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 A Raychaudhuri
Module teaching staff: Dr A Raychaudhuri