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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3321 Angry Young Men and Women: Literature of the Mid-Twentieth Century

20 creditsClass Size: 42

School of English

Module manager: Dr Tracy Hargreaves

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The post-war years witnessed profound changes in Britain’s cultural landscape, from the foundation of the ‘cradle-to-grave’ Welfare State to the re-thinking of British national identity, from the emergence of a newly affluent consumer society to a visible pre-occupation with sexuality and sexual politics. This module explores the ways in which a new and diverse generation of writers came to represent the consequential changes that re-shaped Britain between the late 1940s to the early 1960s.


- To gain a critical and contextual (historical, political, cultural) understanding of a range of mid-century texts.
-To gain an understanding of the development of and experiments in literary form
- To explore the relationship of writers and their work to their social environment

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Analyse literary representation of mid-twentieth century social and cultural change.
2. Identify and compare culturally specific constructions of gender, race, class, environment.
3. Evaluate relevant scholarship on mid-century literature and culture.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
4. Undertake independent research across a range of critical sources.
5. Produce an independently researched argument demonstrating clear communication of critical thinking, textual analysis, coherent organisation of ideas.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

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

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contribution to seminars
500-word formative outline of summative assessment followed by one-to-one consultation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word assessed essay during the teaching period of semester 1100.00
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: 21/06/2024


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