School of English and Drama

The State of the Novel

Module code: ESH7010

Credits: 30.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Thursday 2 pm - 4 pm

Contact: To Be Confirmed
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

"This module will enable students to explore a turbulent period of innovation, reformation, and artistic self-consciousness across which writers reconsidered the cultural status, aesthetic potential and political mission of the novel. Deliberately chronological in organization, the syllabus will move from the late-1960s to the present, in order to chart the evolution of key phases in the way we retrospectively frame late-twentieth-century writing, from postwar social realism, postmodernism and beyond. Students will thus have the opportunity to engage not only stylistically but also historically with discrete moments of and transitions in novelistic experiment. They will be reading important essays from writers themselves (Iris Murdoch, David Lodge, Jeanette Winterson, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, Caryl Phillips) and allowing the questions they raise to inform close readings of form. The selected novelists will be framed by topics ranging from early debates about the future of experimentalism in the 1970s, the relation between style and social critique in the 80s, the renaissance of historical fiction in the 90s, and finally the new directions in formal innovation that have emerged since 2000."

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 7