Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Homonational: Contemporary Queer Fiction
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 30 minute group summative oral presentation  Continuous Assessment: 1 essay (2,500 words)  60%
Supplementary Assessment In the event of failure in the oral presentation, a 15 minute written script on a new topic, written as if to be delivered, with visual aids, to be submitted  Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

: demonstrate a detailed knowlede of a range of international queer novels from 1990's-present day and show understanding of the nuances of international conceptions of queerness;

: articulate this knowledge in the form of reasoned critical analysis of particular text: s

: locate the texts studied in appropriate national, literary, historical, cultural and critical contexts

: demonstrate, through oral presentation, a critical understanding of the themes, forms and contexts of contemporary queer fiction.


Section One: The Homonational:
Week 1: Introductory: "You Can Have My Brown Body and Eat It Too2, Hiram Perez, Social Text 23, 2005. Plus selected reading from Posttcolonial, Queer: Theoretical Instructions, John Hawley, 2001, selections from recent queer'zines (available via and The Complete Dykes to Watch Out For, Alison Bechdel, 2010.
Week 2: Funny Boy, 1994, Shyam Selvadurai.
Week 3: Middlesex, 2002, Jeffrey Eugenides

Section Two: "Homing Instincts": Belonging Queerly:
Week 4: Embrace, 2001, Mark Behr
Week 5: Stone Butch Blues, 1994, Leslie Feinberg
Week 6: A Life Apart, 2008, Neel Mukherjee
Week 7: A Married Woman, 2011, Manju Kapur

Section Three: Fragments: time, place and selfhood
Week 8: Fun Home, 2006, Alison Bechdel
Week 9: Children fo the Sun, 2010, Max Schaefer
Week 10: Dahlia Seasons/Girl meets Boy, 2007/2007, Myriam Gurbha & Ali Smith

Brief description

This module focuses on the field of contemporary queer fiction, examining queer sexuality and gender issues and placing them in their historical theoretical and global content and form in their exploration of the changing issues and placing them in their historical, theoretical and global content and form in their exploration of the changing issues faced by queer writers over the last twenty years, and how this is affected by ethnic, geographical and national identities. We will use both queer fiction and queer theory to analyse how sexuality and assimilation and radical otherness have evolved since the 1990's. The module asks students to look at how these factors shape the novels under discussion and how, in turn, the novels respond to the particular challenges the debates present. The module is divided into three sections, each of which covers a specific theme: the homonational in section 1; ideas of belonging and how this is conveyed variously in section 2; connections between time, geographical place and the construction of identity in section 3. All three sections also interrogate the key theme of the construction of gender and sexuality with particular reference to comparing how these issues are explored in literatures concerned with different global societies.


This is a redesigned option developed to fill a gap in the portfolio of modules currently available. It will focus on world literature dealing with sexuality and gender issues written between 1994 and the present day, and will explore literary and cultural issues relevant to the topic.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication (Oral) Through group discussions and presentations
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reding and research
Information Technology Powerpoint and online research
Personal Development and Career planning Critical self-reflection and through the development of transferrable communication and research skills.
Problem solving By developing evaluative analysis and critical skills and by formulating and conducting a detailed argument.
Research skills By relating literary texs to historical contexts and by synthesising information in an evaluative argument
Subject Specific Skills Detailed critical/theoretical analysis of literary texts and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts.
Team work Through group presentations


This module is at CQFW Level 6