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2007/08 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3344 Narratives of Memory and Forgetting in Contemporary US Culture

20 creditsClass Size: 40


Module manager: Dr Hamilton Carroll

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

This module is not approved as an Elective


To gain critical and contextual (historical, political, cultural) understanding of a range of late-twentieth/early-twenty first century texts (narrative fiction and narrative cinema). To gain an understanding of the relationships between contemporary narrative cultural forms (fiction and film) and broader socio-cultural transformations in US society.

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.


This module engages with literature and cinema from the late-twentieth century through to the present. It uses the theme of memory to address the diverse ways in which writers and filmmakers understand and represent contemporary US society. Topics for discussion will include representations of technological change, memory and trauma, nostalgia, September 11, the Holocaust, literary form, narrative, temporality, cinematic form.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar contribution.

1 x 1700 word unassessed essay (requirement).

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay4000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 05/03/2008


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