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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: N/A
• 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.
.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 


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

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