2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL3342 Millennial Fictions
20 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Dr Richard Brown
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2020/21
This module is not approved as a discovery module
ObjectivesThe aim is to develop a discussion of some features of contemporary and postmodern writing by studying set texts across a variety of genres, especially those features which may be thought to connect to a sense of the apocalyptic the millennial and the imagination of futurity. These texts may offer a challenging revision to ideas of narrative and history in a time of traumatic transition. A range of related themes emerging from these texts such as forboding or anticipation, novelty, transition and/or disappointment, the futures of sex and gender, the ethical, pleasure, boredom and identity may be among the subjects discussed in class.
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 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.
- Independent learning.
In this module we are going to explore an eclectic mix of mostly British fictions, published around the turn of the century. The aim is to develop a discussion of some features of the contemporary and the postmodern, especially those which may be thought to connect to a sense of the pre- or post-millennial and apocalyptic, to comprise revisions to ideas of narrative and history in a time of traumatic transition. A range of related themes emerging from these texts and from contemporary theory such as generational novelty and identity, foreboding or anticipation, transition and/or disappointment, changing configurations of the sexual, the national and the global may be among the subjects discussed in class.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||185.00|
|Total Contact hours||15.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPrivate Study: Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback- Seminar contribution.
- Feedback on unassessed essay of 1700 words.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||4,000 words (including quotations and footnotes).||100.00|
|Essay||1,700 words (unassessed)||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
One unassessed essay of 1700 words is required. This does not form part of the assessment for this module, but is a requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare Pass).
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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