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This subject introduces students to some of the key texts of modern and contemporary literature, across several genres: poetry, drama, the short story, the novel, and the filmscript. Modern and contemporary writers struggle with issues of representation, aesthetics and politics in an era of dramatic social change, and offer some intriguing reflections and meditations on the role of literature and the formation of literary tradition. This subject will explore the thematic and formal innovations of 20th century writing and some of the controversies and contexts of 20th century literature. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical framework for interpreting these texts in the light of current trends in literary criticism and critical theory. Students who successfully complete this subject will have a background of relevant knowledge and critical and interpretative skills on which to base further work in English Literary Studies.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- apply critical and analytical skills and methods to key texts and ideas in twentieth and twenty-first century literature;
- demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of some of the thematic and formal innovations as well as the controversies and contexts of literature in the twentieth century and beyond;
- demonstrate a general understanding of the concepts and principles of recent innovations in literary-critical methodology;
- apply an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
- articulate the relationship between diverse forms of knowledge and the social, historical and cultural contexts that produced them;
- acquire relevant research skills including use of the library, referencing and presentation of written work;
- communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats; and
- work creatively, independently and reflectively to meet goals and challenges.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to apply new research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
- develop critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments; and
- be able to communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others.
Last updated: 17 February 2020