|Assessment length / details
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the theoretical and artistic contexts of postmodern culture and its interpretation;
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of selected postmodern texts and an awareness of the different kinds of literary experimentation at work in prose and poetry during the postwar period;
3. Explain and engage with relevant aspects of recent critical and/or theoretical debates about postmodernism, its key thinkers and artistic practitioners.
Estimated Student Workload
Contact time: 20 hours
Reading and preparation: 100 hours
Independent study preparing assignments 77.5 hrs
This module builds on staff research expertise to introduce students to a range of postmodern writing, in both poetry and prose. The module’s delivery and assessment encourages comparative analysis and enables students to move across and between different genres. Literary texts are closely matched with important critical and theoretical texts in order to give students a sound conceptual understanding of postmodernism.
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'Hara 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'.
Text: John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969)
Text: Sequences from Charles Bernstein, All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (2011)
Text: Joanna Russ, The Female Man (1975)
Text: Lyn Hejinian, My Life and My Life in the Nineties (2013)
Week Six: Oral Presentations (on 1 prose and 1 poetic text)
Text: Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
Text: Denise Riley, Selected Poems (2000)
Text: Iain Banks, The Bridge (1986)
Text: the Pearl sequence, from Barry McSweeney, Wolf Tongue: Poems 1975 – 2000 (2003)
|Application of Number
|Written communication in the form of essays, oral communication in seminar discussion and group presentations
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Developing own research skills, management of time, expression and use of language.
|Through group discussions in seminars
|Personal Development and Career planning
|By critical reflection and the development of transferable communication skills.
|Formulating and developing extended arguments
|By relating literary texts to historical contexts and theoretical commentaries, and by synthesizing various perspectives in an evaluative argument.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Detailed critical and contextual analysis of literary texts and evaluation of the theoretical concepts
This module is at CQFW Level 7