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|Assessment length / details
|Essay Assignment 1 x 3000 word essay
|0.1 Hours Oral Presentation (1 x 10 minute individual oral presentation)
|Resubmit failed or missing essay Resubmit 1 x 3000 word essay
|Resubmit Oral Presentation Resubmit a 1 x 10 minute oral presentation
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of twentieth-century American fiction in light of its social, historical, and political contexts;
2. reflect critically upon issues of gender, class, and/or race as they are represented in twentieth-century American fiction;
3. attend responsively to the formal and stylistic features of the texts studied on the module;
4. read literary texts in an informed and critical manner;
5. write about the subject in a well-structured and articulate manner.
This specialist option module is designed to introduce students to a representative sample of twentieth-century American fictions (both novels and short stories). The essential texts will be considered in light of their various historical, social, and political contexts, touching on issues of class, gender, race, and community. At the same time, students will be encouraged to undertake detailed close readings of key passages and to consider matters of style, form, and narrative technique. In this way, they will learn to combine contextual and formalist modes of reading and interpretations, resulting in more sophisticated forms of critical understanding.
The main objective of this module is to provide a stimulating introduction to the range and diversity of American fiction in the twentieth century. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which literary texts record and respond to the social, political, and economic crises of the two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, and the post-war growth of consumer capitalism. Students will be encouraged to explore the different thematic preoccupations and formal strategies which develop from the various social and cultural experiences of Americans during the century, relating texts persuasively to their informing contexts. Questions of gender, class, ethnicity, and sexuality will be examined critically and contextually. However, students will also be encouraged to explore the language and forms of the texts studied in detail, developing modes of attention and interpretation that are alert to the subtleties of style, rhetoric, and figurative expression.
Week 2 Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Week 3 William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Week 4 William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying
Week 5. Zora Neale Hurston, The Complete Stories
Week 6 Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-five
Week 7 Don DeLillo, White Noise
Week 8 Don DeLillo, White Noise
Week 9 Toni Morrison, Paradise
Week 10 Toni Morrison, Paradise
|Application of Number
|Written: by developing a sustained critical argument Oral: through class discussion, small group exercises, and individual oral presentations
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Through independent and directed research and reading
|By using word-processing packages; using AberLearn Blackboard and other e-resources to research and access course documents and other materials; by submitting assignments via turnitin
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Through increased critical self-reflection and the development of transferable, ICT communication and research skills
|By evaluative analysis and the use of critical skills
|By directed and independent research; by synthesizing information in an evaluative critical argument
|Subject Specific Skills
|Through the reading, writing and researching skills involved in the interrogation of literary texts; through comparative models of reading and understanding; and through the conceptual/theoretical analysis of works of imaginative literature in relation to a range of other non-literary texts.
|Through group work in seminars; and through preparation for paired presentations in seminars.
This module is at CQFW Level 6