|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Oral Presentation A 20-minute individual orally presented research paper, to be delivered in week 7. Accompanying documentation to include an annotated bibliography, any presentation materials used and an electronic copy of the PowerPoint presentation.||40%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay 6000 words||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Resubmit failed or make good any missing elements. In the event of failure in the oral presentation element, a 20-minute written script on a new topic to be submitted, written as if for delivery, to include an annotated bibliography, any presentation materials used and an electronic copy of the PowerPoint presentation||100%|
This module studies postmodernism in terms of its literary genres, and the theories that go into their construction. Bridging between poetry, prose, and critical works, we will study the ways in which postmodern authors use different rhetorical and structural tactics to experiment with forms and genres. Offering a broad chronological sweep of postmodern literature, from the 1970s to the present day, and studying both its British and American incarnations, we will examine the ways in which postmodern literature developed over time, alongside its central conceptual concerns with space, alterity, histories, and bodies.
This session introduces the concept of a 'postmodern? writing in relation to both poetry and prose. We will discuss essays by Charles Olson and Frank O'rara in the first half of the session, and then move on to study extracts from John Barth's Lost in the Funhouse and his seminal essay 'The Literature of Exhaustion'.
Week Two: Gender & Genre
Text: John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)
Text: Charles Bernstein, All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems
Week Four: History & Memory
Text: Joanna Russ, The Femal Man (1975)
Text: Lyn Hejinian, My Life
Week Six: Language & Performance
Text: Iain Banks, The Bridge (1986)
Text: Denise Riley, Selected Poems
Week Eight: Space & Media
Text: Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Text: Barry McSweeney, Wolf Tongue: Poems 1975 - 2000
Week Ten: Postmodern Conclusions
This session explores the chronological development of postmodernism from its earliest incarnations in formal literary experimentation to its currently developments. We will study essays by Nicholas Zurbrugg, Stuart Sim, and Timothy Murphy in order to discuss 'what comes after postmodernism'.
This module tracks the development of postmodernism in both poetry and prose, and provides students with a conceptual frame through which to understand postmodern literature. It explores postmodern literature through the close study of selected texts and critical essays, and thereby links together the difficult theoretical and conceptual concerns of postmodernism with actual literary production.
Reading ListEssential Reading
Bernstein, Charles (2010) All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems Farrar Straus Giroux Primo search Brooke-Rose, Christine (1997) Textermination Carcanet Press Primo search Hejinian, Lyn (2002) My Life Green Integer Primo search
Banks, Iain (1990 (2009 prin) The bridge /Iain Banks. Abacus Primo search Danielewski, Mark Z. (2000.) Mark Z. Danielewski's House of leaves :by Zampan : with introduction and notes by Johnny Truant.by Zampan : 2nd ed. Anchor Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 7