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Module Code: ENG324
Module Title: Postmodern Literature
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2019/20
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: English
Pre-requisites: ENG105ORENG106ORENG118ENG105
   
Aims
• The course examines and evaluates some of the key perspectives and positions in the postmodern debate by encouraging students to read closely the work of contemporary critical theorists, and relate their arguments to case studies drawn from a range of late 20C texts.

• The module treats the postmodern as a site for debates about literature, truth, politics, meaning and representation, and encourage students to think through some of the implications of postmodern thought in these areas.

• Its central aims are to raise the question of whether postmodernism might provide useful means of engaging critically with contemporary literature and to give students the practical skills required to read and discuss the often-complex writing of the theorists working in this area so that they can form their own responses.

Learning outcomes 
A To engage in postmodern debates and question how – and how successfully – these theories serve late 20C literature.

B To locate late 20C writing within a broader framework of postmodern thinking.

C To demonstrate their ability to read postmodern literature critically and comparatively.

D To demonstrate skills in research and argument by carrying out original research in postmodern literature




Method of teaching and learning 
The teaching sessions are divided into two components. Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge of literature and postmodern theory. Seminars develop critical discussions about the topic.
Syllabus 
.Texts may include the following:

Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero

Douglas Coupland, Generation X

J.G. Ballard, Crash


John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman


Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the Only Fruit


Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot


Muriel Spark, The Comforters


Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire


Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49


Salman Rushdie, Shame


Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve


Jorges Luis Borges, The Aleph


William Burroughs, Naked Lunch


Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club


Don DeLillo, White Noise


Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveller


Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School


China Mieville, The City & the City


Zadie Smith, White Teeth


Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea


Joseph Heller, Catch 22


Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 13  26        111  150 

Assessment

Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Essay 40.00
2 Essay 60.00

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