Module Catalogues

Modern British Fiction

Module Title Modern British Fiction
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2024/25
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

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 society and its global relations throughout the 20th century.
Following a loosely chronological structure, the module will also offer an introduction to some of 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 philosophy and political philosophy; literary culture including popular literature; genre; class conflict; colonialism; ‘race’ and ethnic identity; gender and sexuality.

Learning outcomes

A. Display knowledge of the key formal developments that have occurred in modern British fiction since the early 20th century.
B. Demonstrate an acquaintance with major theoretical frameworks that have been used to interpret and illuminate creative changes in modern British fiction
C. 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. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and undertake close reading (or textual analysis) of works of literature and criticism, in an independent manner that adheres to academic conventions

Method of teaching and learning

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 and develop critical reading and writing skills.