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EL50B7: NEW WORLD NARRATIVES: LITERATURE, DISCOVERY AND THE AMERICAS (2016-2017)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:20


Course Overview

The ‘discovery’ of the Americas is an on-going process involving narratives, as well as exploration, colonisation and scientific discovery. This course will look at this process through fiction, visual media and scientific and travel narratives, in order to explore the invention and re-invention of North and South America as a cultural idea. Processes to be considered will include the pioneer experience, the impact of new technologies, collecting and categorising the natural world and human cultures, amongst others. Amongst the authors to be discussed may be Charles Darwin, Willa Cather, Alexander von Humboldt, Christopher Columbus, William and Henry James.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Patience Schell

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The ‘discovery’ of the Americas is an on-going process involving narratives, as well as exploration, colonisation and scientific discovery. This course will look at this process through fiction, visual media and scientific and travel narratives, in order to explore the invention and re-invention of North and South America as a cultural idea. Processes to be considered will include the pioneer experience, the impact of new technologies, collecting and categorising the natural world and human cultures, amongst others. Amongst the authors to be discussed may be Charles Darwin, Willa Cather, Alexander von Humboldt, Christopher Columbus, William and Henry James.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt:

Two 3,000 word essays (45% each); in-class presentation (10%)

Resit:

5,000-word essay (100%)

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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