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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3391 September 11 in Fact and Fiction

20 creditsClass Size: 24

School of English

Module manager: Dr Hamilton Carroll

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

ENGL3388 and ENGL3340

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To gain critical and contextual (historical, political, cultural) understanding of the events of September 11, 2001 and US culture by examining a range of late-twentieth/early-twenty first century texts.
- To gain an understanding of the relationships between contemporary narrative cultural forms (fiction and film) and broader socio-cultural transformations in US society after September 11.

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.
- Independent learning.


It is now almost fifteen years since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC on September 11, 2001. This module will look at how September 11 has been imagined in US culture, both in its immediate aftermath and more recently. We will consider fictional, nonfictional, and cinematic accounts of the events of September 11 and will ask what and how Americans have found to say about them. What are the links between September 11 and traditional understandings of US culture? How has September 11 been memorialized? How do the terms 'Homeland', 'Ground Zero', 'War on Terror' through which September 11 has been understood produce meaning? How has September 11 been linked to traditional beliefs about American identity? Who are taken to be the victims of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC? How is heroism understood in relation to September 11? We will ask these and other questions through a consideration of the following texts.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours186.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Teaching will be through weekly seminars (10 x 1 hour) plus 4 x 1 hour lectures.

Private Study: Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Seminar contribution.
- Feedback on 2250 word essay.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2250 words (including quotations and footnotes)50.00
Essay2250 words (including quotations and footnotes)50.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:39:52


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