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EL40YC: KINGDOM OF THE MAD: SELF AND PLACE IN 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

Spanning a selection of influential modern American poets ranging from Frost and William Carlos Williams through to Plath, Stevens and Ginsberg, this course will explore some of the most important and influential poetry written in the 20th century. Focussing on the complexities of identity, alienation and the determination of each poet studied to 'make it new', students will consider both the distinctively American qualities of the works in question and their significance in the context of literary and cultural modernity in general.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Wayne Price

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

None.

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

A troubled preoccupation with the complexities of self-hood and cultural belonging has been a dominant characteristic of American poetry since Whitman and Dickinson. In Modernism, Beat experimentation and confessional poetry we see both the formal and thematic radicalism of 19th Century American poetry extended and interrogated by 20th Century voices. Spanning a selection of influential modern American poets ranging from Frost and William Carlos Williams through to Plath, Stevens and Ginsberg, this course will consider both the distinctively American qualities of the works in question and their significance in the context of literary and cultural modernity in general.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 2 x 3,000 word essays (45% each) ; Seminar Assessment Mark 10% Resit: For honours students only: candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

Course Journal

Feedback

Weekly verbal feedback on journal content and class contributions more generally. Detailed written feedback will be provided for summative assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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