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ENGL6106: The Idea of the South

The American South is frequently conceived as the Problem South, defined by its experiences of military defeat and occupation, economic backwardness and a brutal slave legacy. In this unit, we will investigate the idea of the South in a range of literary and visual texts by examining its most compelling tropes - the southern belle, poor whites, the plantation - to contemplate the region's fundamental importance to conceptions of the nation itself and the value of thinking regionally.

Code ENGL6106
Academic unit
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a sound understanding of Faulkner, African American and southern studies.
  • LO2. understand and evaluate theoretical debates within southern studies, particularly to do with African American literature and Faulkner.
  • LO3. develop arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others
  • LO4. demonstrate skills in research through the competent use of the library and electronic resources that are particular to the study of the US south.

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