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EN251 - New Literatures in English

  • Module code: EN251
  • Module name: New Literatures in English
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to introduce students to the emergent body of literature being produced by writers from South Africa and South Asia, and to situate it in terms of the historical circumstances that have engendered it and to which it represents a response. The module will examine the various ways in which different writers integrate or work with local and global social conditions, and local and foreign literary forms and conventions, in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The works will be read comparatively, in relation to one another, and as contributions to particular literary and cultural traditions. Through the medium of English, writers from Africa and Asia today confront a (prospectively) global audience. Social issues under review will range very widely: for example, race, violence, religion and communalism, land, ‘development’ and the environment, sex and gendered identity, nation and state, memory, trauma and prolepsis, English as a world language and English as culturally imperialist. In 2010-11, the first term will be devoted to South Africa, the second to India.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will learn to situate the new literatures in English in their socio-historical and aesthetic contexts. In their approach to the literature under review, students will be encouraged to reflect critically on their practice as readers and to begin to frame analytically sound judgments. Throughout the course, students will be taught to sift out and evaluate the various positions assumed in key debates in the field of postcolonial studies, to situate themselves in those debates and to understand what is at stake in them.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar.

Departmental link

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

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN251-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay 25%
  Second 2500 word essay 25%
  2-hour examination (Summer) 50%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 1st essay (Non-Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2nd essay (Non-Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2 hr examination (Non-Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 50%
C2 (Assessed/examined work) 1st essay (Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2nd essay (Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 25%
  2 hr examination (Finalists) STAFF USE ONLY 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 English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies (QW34) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English and Theatre Studies with Intercalated Year (QW35) - Year 4
  • 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