Level of study First Year
Credit value 10
Other pre-requisites You must have completed Level 3 UK National Qualifications Framework (NQF), or international equivalent, of appropriate study in this discipline.
This module will examine some key textual instances of the restless exchange and dialogue between Britain and America in the nineteenth and twentieth century. The examples selected will aim to explore, representatively, some of the key features of the range of Atlantic literary exchange, focussing on two main topics: the physical and the imaginative discovery of America and responses to these formulations; and how modernist developments began to recast and reconfigure such formulations. Focus will fall on: literary allusion and borrowing; generic exchange and dialogue; cultural variation. The question of what constitutes "transatlantic Anglo-American literature" will be examined, as students engage with recent debates about constructions and deconstructions of national narratives. This module will be delivered on a weekly lecture/seminar/workshop basis, with occasional office-hour tutorials. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own learning, and group oral presentations will form a core basis of seminar work. The seminars will enable students to develop their key skills of communication, information retrieval and working with others. This module is designed to foster an active, participatory, independent approach to learning, to develop critical faculties and to consolidate and develop written and oral skills. The semester one course will cover 'Discovering America' and ‘Anglo-American writing and modernist exchanges’; whilst the semester two course considers ‘Post Modern Exchanges’ and 'The Black Atlantic'