Module title: Lateness and the Modern

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP10125
Module leader: Andrew Frayn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture


2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Frayn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
One-hour weekly tutorials/ seminars will give students the opportunity to discuss issues in depth related to late style in relation to modernism, drawing on a wide range of literary and cultural texts. These texts are introduced and explored in weekly two-hour lectures. The emphasis will be on independent learning, reading, and scholarship, and students will be encouraged to take ownership of their assessment by developing their own research interests and questions. (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). These seminar sessions will mirror the lecture series and will provide a medium for student-centred learning (LOs 1,2,3,4,5). Students will discuss material in both a standard Platonic tutorial structure, and in smaller groups (LO 5) in order to refine their ideas and critical thinking on the subject. Students will develop their theoretical knowledge of the subject and accompanying themes and apply this knowledge to the preparation of assignments.

Formative Assessment:
For formative feedback students will peer review each other’s early-stage essay plans during class, as well as submitting them to the module leader, who will mediate small-group discussions of that work.

Summative Assessment:
Students will undertake two summative assessments during the module. The first essay, a focused reading of one text in relation to theories of modernism, will be due in week 7 (LOs 1,3,4). The second assessment will be a comparative essay, developing the student’s theoretical engagement with late style by examining two texts from the course (LOs 1,2,3,4). Essay questions will be offered, but students are encouraged to pursue any relevant interest that they have developed during the module. The topic will be chosen by the student based on a guiding assessment brief.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 10
Face To Face Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1,3,4,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 60 1-5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will engage with the concept of lateness, drawing on work by key theorists such as Theodor W. Adorno and Edward W. Said. For both the focus is on the ‘late style’ of great artists, authors and composers. However, here you are encouraged to take a critical approach to the material, thinking about how we might conceive lateness in terms of race, gender, structures of power such as capitalism, and cultural moments and movements: what does it mean to come after something, to be belated? The discussion of theoretical material is woven organically into the teaching of the module, with devoted classroom time. You will study a wide range of literary and cultural texts, including novels, novellas, poetry, drama and popular music from the 1920s to the present day. These fall primarily into two groups: late works by modernist authors, and works drawing on modernism’s legacies

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Conceptualise and demonstrate a critical understanding of ‘late style’ and associated ideas
LO2: Analyse the relationship between literary analysis, history and cultural theory
LO3: Critically review recent histories and theories of literary modernism and its legacies
LO4: Present an argument that combines literary-theoretical and analytical techniques
LO5: Work effectively independently and with others to develop and refine critical thinking.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP10125 Lateness and the modern