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EN248 - Modern American Poetry

  • Module code: EN248
  • Module name: Modern American Poetry
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module studies the shaping of a North American and transatlantic modernist poetic around notions of linguistic innovation and experiment. Its aim is to explore how the project of 'making it new' in American poetry addresses changing constructions of modernity in both national and international contexts. We will relate the poetry to a range of prose and visual materials of the period, including avant-garde manifestoes, critical essays, paintings, photography, and popular entertainment e.g. cinema, popular music (e.g. jazz, minstrelsy, burlesque) and periodical print culture. The writings studied will be placed in cultural and social contexts such as urbanization, immigration, migration, science and technology, labour, war and the rise of the mass media. We will think about different spaces – the home, the city, the avant-garde salon, the museum - which these writers engage. Other issues to be explored include the politics of gender, race and class, tensions between 'nativist' and 'cosmopolitan' impulses, and the interaction of American and European avant-garde movements.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly seminar

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/special/en248_map

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN248-30)
A (Assessed work only) 1st 5000 word essay 50%
  2nd 5000 word essay 50%
C (Assessed/examined work) 5000 word essay 50%
  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 English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing (QP36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature and Creative Writing with Intercalated Year (QP37) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (with Study Abroad) (QW26) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - 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