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EN304 - Twentieth-Century US Literature

  • Module code: EN304
  • Module name: Twentieth-Century US Literature
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Twentieth-century North American literature encompasses an extraordinarily wide and diverse range of texts. There are many different ways in which its history could be constructed and this module offers one particular route through an extremely broad field. The aims of the module are: to sample some of the key movements and writers in narrative prose and in drama; to develop analytical and critical skills through close reading of the set texts; to develop strategies for reading the set texts within the context of twentieth-century American culture.

Principal learning outcomes

The module examines American writing from 1912 to the end of the century, focusing on selected issues. In 2010-11 these are as follows: Revisioning the American Dream; African Americans negotiating identity; American pastoral - the rise of suburbia; Beyond the Frontier - violence and conflict.

Timetabled teaching activities

Seminars and open space learning.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/undergraduate/current/modules/fulllist/special/en304

Other essential notes

This module is not running in 2011(12)

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: EN304-30)
C (Assessed/examined work) 5000 word essay 50%
  2-hour examination (Summer) 50%
C3 (Assessed/examined work) 2-hour examination (non-finalist) STAFF USE ONLY 100%
C4 (Assessed/examined work) 2-hour examination (finalist) STAFF USE ONLY 100%
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 3
Optional
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate English Literature (Q300) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate English Literature with Intercalated Year (Q301) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Comparative American Studies (Q405) - 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 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 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