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EN213 - U.S. Writing & Culture 1780-1920

  • Module code: EN213
  • Module name: U.S. Writing & Culture 1780-1920
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module explores central issues in US literary and discursive writing in texts spanning the ‘long’ nineteenth century, from the early Republic to the end of the First World War. The challenges of the module are threefold: to familiarize you with texts by C19 US writers and various means of interpreting them; to situate literary and discursive writing within its social and historical contexts; and to give you a sense of how the discipline of American Studies has dealt with these matters.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will have: Read a range of US writing between the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries; become familiar with issues of race (slavery), gender, and class and their representation in C19 US texts; developed a sense of the social and historical contexts pertinent to the texts we read; sharpened your awareness of different critical approaches to reading and interpreting these texts; become prepared to take other Americanist modules; improved your ability to closely analyze textual passages; increased your argumentative skill in writing academic essays.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminars.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/second/en213/2010-11/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN213-30)
C3 (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay 20%
  Second 5000 word essay 30%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
V1 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending single term only 100%
V2 (Visiting students only) Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 1 & 2) 50%
  Assessed/visiting students attending two terms (Terms 2 & 3) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature (VQ72) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy and Literature with Intercalated Year (VQ73) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3