Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Special Author: Edgar Allan Poe

Module Q3198

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module will examine the works of the nineteenth-century American writer, Edgar Allan Poe in terms of cultural and intellectual history.

On this module, we will read a wide selection of Poe's short fiction, poetry and criticism, in order to explore his place within the nineteenth-century literary world and life of the mind, and his subsequent role in American and global culture.

We will pay detailed attention to a number of critical and interdisciplinary issues which animate his work, including the senses, the gothic, detection, terror and race.

Our readings will be punctuated by considerations of how Poe has been appropriated both by the culture at large and by recent literary critics and philosophers such as D.H. Lawrence, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, John Carlos Rowe and Liahna Armstrong.

Module learning outcomes

Understand the formal and generic developments of a named author's work

Understand how the work has been shaped by the social, historical and intellectual contexts in which it was produced

Through critical analysis of a range of the author¿s writing over his/her career, demonstrate an understanding of how his/her literary reputation was established and has been maintained.

Organise complex material into an essay that illustrates independent research

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA1 Week 1 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours111111111111
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Autumn SemesterWorkshop1 hour111111111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Tom F. Wright

Assess convenor, Convenor

Miss Trudy Cadman

Assess convenor

Ms Anne Crawford

Assess convenor

Ms Emma Carlyle

Assess convenor

Dr Chloe Porter

Assess convenor

Miss Priyanka Patel

Assess convenor

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