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EN263 - Devolutionary British Fiction

  • Module code: EN263
  • Module name: Devolutionary British Fiction
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This course looks at fiction from the 1930s to the mid-2000s in terms of the history of the form of Britain and of its constituent nations. In what senses can particular texts be read as national, or not; how can changes in Britishness be read in fiction; what sort of literary structures relate to Britishness or national-ness; how has mass immigration altered the terms of the debate, and how is this registered in fiction; what fiction forms are more or less British; how does fiction support or denigrate Britishness; what conflicts in British life are described in post-1945 fiction.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to identify and critically assess significant movements and reconfigurations in British and national and cultural formations from the perspective of debates within modern British literary culture. They should also be able to understand and evaluate the argumentative concerns, traditions and methodological concerns within a variety of analytic modes and their persuasive strategies

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures. There will also be film screenings in Term One.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/special/en263

Other essential notes

There is no particular preparatory reading but we will start by talking about terminology. Please try to understand the difference between the terms nation and state; not doing so will give you problems. The clearer your understanding of post-1945 history in particular, the better, so try to keep reading around each period.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN263-30)
A (Assessed work only) First 5000 word essay 50%
  Second 5000 word essay 50%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) First 2500 word essay (non-finalist) STAFF USE (NOT IN USE) 25%
  Second 2500 word essay (non-finalist) STAFF USE (NOT IN USE) 25%
  2-hour examination (non-finalist) STAFF USE (NOT IN USE) 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
  • Undergraduate English and Latin Literature (QQ36) - Year 2
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