This module offers an overview of some of the major works of British literary fiction that have emerged since the early twentieth century. Beginning with early modernism, we shall explore how British writers from a variety of different backgrounds have responded creatively to the dramatic changes in British culture, society and international standing over the past hundred years. Following a loosely chronological structure, the module will also offer an introduction to some of the key formal transformations that have occurred in modern British fiction, encouraging students to examine some of the ways in which the texts engage with topics such as war; class conflict; colonialism; ‘race’ and ethnic identity; gender and sexuality.
A To display knowledge of the key formal developments that have occurred in modern British fiction since the early 20th century. B To demonstrate an acquaintance with major theoretical frameworks that have been used to interpret and illuminate creative changes in modern British fiction C To situate major works of modern British fiction within their immediate socio-cultural contexts and articulate a historically attentive appreciation of British literary texts from the early twentieth century to today. D To demonstrate an ability to analyse works of literature, theory and criticism in an independent manner that adheres to academic conventions
The teaching sessions are divided into two components. Lectures introduce students to relevant knowledge of modern British literature, the socio-cultural context and relevant works of theory. Seminars develop critical discussions about the topic.