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Visions and Revisions: Reworkings (12 points)


Leader: Alan Dilnot

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will examine some ways in which imaginative experience may be reworked. Reworkings include revisions, rejoinders, amplification, reinterpretation, indirect allusion, translation and subversion. Factors in reworking, such as authorial bias, the spirit of the age, and movement from one genre or one art form to another, will also be considered. Postmodern and postcolonial factors in reworkings will receive particular attention. The large proportion of twentieth-century texts will enable students to assess how this century's literature is built upon earlier work, and to consider how contemporary sensibilities affect interpretation.

Assessment: Two seminar papers (1500 words; a literary exercise of 1500 words may be substituted for one of the seminar papers): 15% each + Essay (2500 words): 30% + Essay (3500 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week

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