ENGL 3045 - The Question of Postmodernism: Texts and Issues
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code ENGL 3045 Course The Question of Postmodernism: Texts and Issues Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of level 2 undergraduate study Incompatible ENGL 2065 Course Description Postmodernism? Nothing about this term is unproblematic, nothing about it is entirely satisfactory. So begins Brian McHale's study, Postmodernist Fiction. In this course we'll consider the relation between the terms Modernism and Postmodernism, and the relation between Postmodernism and the other -isms and posts- of our time, through our reading of a set of literary texts written in or translated into English, in different countries, over the last half-century or so. Our major focus will be on these texts, which may include novels, short stories, drama and poetry, with a secondary focus on literary theory. Apart from the pleasures of reading and engaging in critical discussion, our aim will be to gain some understanding of how the term Postmodernism is used by different theorists and critics, and how well and in what ways the concept addresses the concerns and procedures of the literary texts in our study. This course will in certain ways follow on from the course on Modernisms, but students who have not done that course are also welcome, and should not feel at a disadvantage.
Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. Read and understand Postmodernist texts and critical discussions of them
2. Draw upon a range of Postmodernist concepts in the context of literary
3. Discuss Postmodernist literary texts in the historical and cultural context
of their production
4. Write coherent and logically argued written material, based on evidence, and engage in evidence-based critical debate
5. Work with others in the exploration of ideas, the negotiation of solution to problems, and the production of written and spoken materials
6. Collaborate and engage productively and respectfully with their peers
7. Use technologies relevant to the university learning environment
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
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- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
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- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
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- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
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- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3,5,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSet texts will include novels, shorts stories, poetry and plays, and may include works by Samuel Beckett, Angela Carter, Brian Castro, Lyn Hejinian, B.S. Johnson, David Markson and others
The English Resources Guide on the Barr Smith Library site has a page devoted to Modernism and Postmodernism:
Click on literary periods, then Modernism and postmodernism
Online LearningAdditional online material will be available though Canvas, and all lectures will be recorded and available for download.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities SummaryLearning activities will include lectures, seminars and SGDE.
Specific Course RequirementsNo specific requirements
Small Group Discovery ExperienceTo be confirmed
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Assessment SummaryTo be confirmed
Assessment Related RequirementsAssessment will include close textual analysis, essays, group presentations and a take home exam.
Assessment DetailTo be confirmed
SubmissionAll work will be submitted via Turnitin
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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