The Mind of the Contemporary American Novel ENGLIT5078
- Academic Session: 2023-24
- School: School of Critical Studies
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
This course will examine the ways in which the contemporary American novel has responded to the modern rise of neuroscience.
10 weekly seminars of 2 hours
10% 1 ten-minute presentation
90% 1 x 4400 word essay
The course aims to provide student with the skills to:
■ Analyse a range of major contemporary American writers in substantive literary and cultural contexts;
■ Engage with, and evaluate, the developing field of cognitive historicist critical approaches to literary texts;
■ Explore possibilities and limitations of interdisciplinary study of literary texts.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ Articulate a nuanced understanding of the rise and fall of postmodern American fiction, and of the way twenty-first-century American fiction negotiates postmodernism's literary legacy;
■ Analyse and contextualise the changing forms of and rhetorical devices common to the contemporary American fiction;
■ Evaluate larger scholarly debates about literature and science, and more specific forms of cognitive literary criticism;
■ Display an ability to work with interdisciplinary materials at an advanced level.
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.