Introduction to Contemporary American Fiction ADED11365E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course constitutes an introduction to the main aspects and concerns in contemporary American fiction and poetry. Texts to be studied will be three novels and short story collections.


Block 2

2 hours per week for 10 weeks



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One essay of 1750 words. Students will be asked to compare the ways in which two of the three main course texts engage with important aspects of contemporary American fiction.

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to major aspects of contemporary American fiction. In particular, the course will include material drawn from both the American novel and the short story.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Write about important topics in selected texts in contemporary American prose fiction.

■ Identify and illustrate the ways in which selected texts make use of specific elements of American culture and history.

■ Write lucidly and with confidence on some of the issues raised in contemporary American writing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.