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EL45SC: NOT THE QUEEN'S ENGLISH (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:40


Course Overview

This course will focus on the ways in which non-standard English is used within anglophone literary texts from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Classes will cover a wide range of geographical spaces and publishing contexts: different weeks will focus on ballad collecting and linguistic antiquarianism, the use of language in American abolitionist texts, working-class voices in nineteenth-century English novels, postcolonial approaches to English, Scottish post-industrial writing and contemporary African-American literature. Authors covered may include: Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Edwin Pugh, Zora Neale Hurston, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Tom Leonard and Percival Everett.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Sarah Sharp

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 4
  • English (EL)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EL40SC Not the Queen's English (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will focus on the ways in which non-standard English is used within anglophone literary texts from the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Classes will cover a wide range of geographical spaces and publishing contexts: different weeks will focus on ballad collecting and linguistic antiquarianism, the use of language in American abolitionist texts, working-class voices in nineteenth-century English novels, postcolonial approaches to English, Scottish post-industrial writing and contemporary African-American literature. Authors covered may include: Walter Scott, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Edwin Pugh, Zora Neale Hurston, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Tom Leonard and Percival Everett.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26, 28, 31, 33
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25, 27, 29 - 30, 32, 34, 38

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3500 word essay 60%

1000 word close reading 25%

Presentation / Poster 15%

 

Resit (for students who took the course in academic year 2019/20 and C8 students): 3500 word essay 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents completing the course will be able to engage with key debates around the status of non-standard English verbally and in writing.
ProceduralApplyStudents completing the course will be able to produce critical interpretations of texts from the course verbally and in writing.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents completing the course will have a developed knowledge and understanding of the history of English language use in British, American and Postcolonial literary contexts.

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