ENGL 3045 - The Question of Postmodernism: Texts and Issues

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 II 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
    discussion
    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






     



     






    University Graduate Attributes

    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
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • 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
    5,6,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • 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
    5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Set 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
    Recommended Resources

    The English Resources Guide on the Barr Smith Library site has a page devoted to Modernism and Postmodernism:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/english/
    Click on literary periods, then Modernism and postmodernism

     




     

    Online Learning
    Additional online material will be available though Canvas, and all lectures will be recorded and available for download.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    To be confirmed
    Workload

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will include lectures, seminars and SGDE.
    Specific Course Requirements
    No specific requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    To be confirmed
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    To be confirmed
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment will include close textual analysis, essays, group presentations and a take home exam.
    Assessment Detail
    To be confirmed
    Submission
    All work will be submitted via Turnitin
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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