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EL1513: CONTROVERSIAL CLASSICS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:36


Course Overview

Literature can provoke, offend and disturb as well as entertain. This course considers some of the most powerful and controversial works of modern literature. It examines the circumstances of publication, the nature of the controversy, and the cultural and critical impact of each work. The course shows how poems, plays and novels can raise searching questions about national, racial and personal identity, and looks at the methods used by writers to challenge their readers, as well the responses of readers to such challenges.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Shane Alcobia-Murphy

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL1510 Controversial Classics (Studied)
  • EL1516 Controversial Classics (Distance) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Literature can provoke, offend and disturb as well as entertain. This course considers some of the most powerful and controversial works of modern literature. It examines the circumstances of publication, the nature of the controversy, and the cultural and critical impact of each work. The course shows how poems, plays and novels can raise searching questions about national, racial and personal identity, and looks at the methods used by writers to challenge their readers, as well the responses of readers to such challenges. One of the key questions considered on the course concerns the role of the writer in society. Can a writer react to social circumstances? Ought the writer to take a stand against injustice? Can a writer enable change to occur? Included on the course are texts such as: Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Art Spiegelman's Maus and Seamus Heaney's North.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • English Joint
  • English Major
  • MA English
  • MA English and Scottish Literature
  • MA English with Creative Writing
  • MA Languages and Literature of Scotland

Contact Teaching Time

32 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt:

1,800 word essay (30%)

2,200 word [comparative] essay (60%)

Tutorial Assessment Mark (10%)

 


Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

(1) Written feedback is provided on a diagnostic exercise early on in the course prior to completion of required written assessments; (2) Oral feedback on students' progress is provided continuously by tutor.

Feedback

Written feedback is provided within two weeks of submission of essays; oral feedback available on request with regards to written examination.

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