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ENGL1220 Twentieth-Century Fiction in English

20 creditsClass Size: 77

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Module manager: Professor Michael Brennan
Email: m.g.brennan@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL1220Twentieth-Century Fiction in English

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module offers students the opportunity to study an exciting and challenging range of fictional texts from across the twentieth century and from different parts of the English-speaking world. The set texts will introduce students to some of the key literary movements and styles of the period. These literary developments will be located in relation to dynamic changes in the cultural, social and political make-up of the modern world. On completion of this module, students will have studied closely a range of different fictional techniques and will have explored how twentieth-century writers respond to their broader critical, cultural and historical contexts.

Objectives

This module provides an opportunity to study twentieth-century fiction in English by significant writers of the period. The texts will be used to illustrate a variety of narrative techniques, and will represent a wide chronological range across the century.

The module will introduce students to major literary movements in fiction in the twentieth-century, and will suggest a variety of critical strategies appropriate for the analysis of this work.

On completion of the module, students will have been introduced to key innovations in fiction in English in the twentieth-century, and will have studied in detail examples of these forms.

Learning outcomes
Students will have developed:
- the ability to use written and oral communication effectively
- the capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse
- the ability to manage quantities of complex information in a structured and systematic way
- the capacity for independent thought and judgement
- critical reasoning
- research skills, including the retrieval of information, the organisation of material and the evaluation of its importance
- IT skills
- efficient time management and organisation skills
- the ability to learn independently.

Skills outcomes
- Skills for effective communication, oral and written.
- Capacity to analyse and critically examine diverse forms of discourse.
- Ability to acquire quantities of complex information of diverse kinds in a structured and systematic way.
- Capacity for independent thought and judgement.
- Critical reasoning.
- Research skills, including information retrieval skills, the organisation of material, and the evaluation of its importance.
- IT skills.
- Time management and organisational skills.
- Ability to learn independently.


Syllabus

This module offers students the opportunity to study an exciting and challenging range of fictional texts from across the twentieth century and from different parts of the English-speaking world. The set texts will introduce students to some of the key literary movements and styles of the period. These literary developments will be located in relation to dynamic changes in the cultural, social and political make-up of the modern world. On completion of this module, students will have studied closely a range of different fictional techniques and will have explored how twentieth-century writers respond to their broader critical, cultural and historical contexts.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Seminar preparation, reading, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to seminars.
- Feedback on assessed essays.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words25.00
Essay1,500 words25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/08/2019

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