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EN5511   Theorising the Contemporary

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged

The second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first century witnessed an explosion of theories about literature and culture in an attempt to understand the complexities of a historical period characterised by political, economic and social upheaval and rapid advancements in science and technology. This module will introduce students to key literary and cultural theories within the contemporary period via the close study of selected theoretical texts. Theories covered may include Marxism, postmodernism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, queer theory, ecocriticism and contemporary poetics.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5 hour seminar (x 9 weeks)

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 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: Dr J S F Haddow
Module teaching staff: Team taught
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