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EN4433   Black and Asian British Writing

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: 1.00 pm Tue and 1.00 pm Thu

This module explores the poetry and novels of Black British and British Asian writers from the 1950s to the present. Drawing on theories of postcolonialism, race and difference, the Black Atlantic, and multiculturalism, this module reflects on the history and ends of empire, the migration of peoples from the colonies to the 'motherland', the rise of racist nationalism in the post-war era, and the politics of contemporary multiculturalism. We will read poetry and novels that invite us to explore a range of topics that may include the transatlantic slave trade, Windrush, the rise of xenophobic nationalism, gender, interracial tensions in Thatcher's Britain, and the changing dynamics of contemporary Britain through literary representations of London and beyond. The module will provoke discussion on selected theoretical writings and close readings of our set literary texts.

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: One 2-hour class or Two 1-hour clasess per week and 2 optional consultative hours.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 286

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 2-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

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


Module teaching staff: Dr Lorna Burns (LMB21)