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EN5204   Literary History, Politics, Culture

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 40

ECTS credits : 20

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged

This module explores the interactions of literature and its various historical, philosophical, cultural and political contexts in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many of the authors we study as producers of imaginative literature also engaged in polemical, historical or philosophical writing. Literary works could make decisive and poignant contributions to particular political debates, and the literary sphere itself had its own politics. This module explores how thoroughly literature was connected to the broader discursive and historical world. Topics likely to be covered include Romantic medievalism; socialism, aestheticism and decadence; antisemitism and Englishness; and literature and the slave trade.

Relationship to other modules

Anti-requisite(s): Postgraduate - You cannot take this module if you take EN5202 or take EN5203

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1.5-hour seminars (x 9 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 356

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

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

Re-assessment: One new submission equivalent in length and nature to the failed piece of coursework.  The piece submitted for reassessment must be entirely new work.


Module coordinator: Professor N H Roe
Module teaching staff: Team taught
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