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Working Class Representations (ENLI10271)

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English Literature





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Visiting students must have completed 4 English Literature courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses, and we do not consider civilisation & other interdisciplinary courses, freshman seminars, writing/composition courses or film/cinema/media courses; visiting students who have taken multiple courses in literature in other languages, should have passed at least one course in English Literature as well. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission, and priority will be given to students studying on exchange within English Literature. **This is an *Option* course. Please note that students can only enrol in one Core and/or one Option 3rd year English Literature course per semester, with no exception. Students enrolled in this course therefore cannot enrol in any further Option courses during this semester** Please note that 3rd year English Literature courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. Visiting students are advised to bear in mind that enrolment in specific courses can never be guaranteed, and you may need to be flexible in finding alternatives in case your preferred courses have no available space. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

This course examines how working-class writers have represented themselves as well as how they have been represented by others. It pays due attention to the formal modes employed by working-class writing (realism, expressionism, surrealism, fantasy etc) across a range of genres - fiction, poetry, drama and film. The course moves from the nineteenth century to the present in order to understand how class identities change over time yet it also affirms how the reconstitution of class is not synonymous with its disappearance. The course will focus on key issues such as the relationship between culture and politics, the intellectual or writer as a socially mediated figure, solidarity and inviduality, social mobility, gender, voice and vernacular, the politics of representation.

Course Description

Topics Schedule and Texts / Films: **Class and Representation: Gerard Manley Hopkins "Tom's Garland: Upon the Unemployed" (poem handout provided) ; Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton ; Patrick MacGill, Children of the Dead End ; Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists ; James Hanley, Boy. **Post-WWII: Society, Class, Consumerism: Alan Sillitoe, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning ; Shelagh Delaney, A Taste of Honey ; Up the Junction (film); Kes (film) ; Tony Harrison, Selected Poems ; Tom Leonard, Intimate Voices. **There is no such thing as society, the 1980s and Beyond: James Kelman, How Late It Was, How Late ; Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting and film version (Dir. Danny Boyle) ; Plus a section of films: Dockers; Riff-Raff; Brassed Off; Billy Elliott.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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