Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Contemporary Queer Fiction
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Comparative essay  dealing with at least two texts from the module 3000 Words  100%
Supplementary Assessment Comparative essay  dealing with at least two texts from the module 3000 Words  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of contemporary texts in light of queer theory and literary developments

Write confidently and fluently about the texts on the module in a focused and conceptually nuanced manner

Engage in research that enhances their critical skillset

Brief description

This module focuses on the field of contemporary queer fiction, examining queer sexuality and gender issues and placing them in their historical and cultural contexts. In particular, it asks how the authors studied have experimented with both content and form in their exploration of the changing issues faced by contemporary queer writers. We will use both queer fiction and queer theory to analyse how sexuality and gender are understood in society and explore how this evolved since the millennium.


This option developed to fill a gap in the portfolio of modules currently available. It will focus on novels dealing with sexuality and gender issues written since the millennium, and will explore literary and cultural issues relevant to the topic.


Module Programme:

Homie, Danez Smith 2020
Flѐche, Mary Jean Chan 2019
What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell 2016
Girl Meets Boy, Ali Smith 2010
Physical, Andrew McMillan 2015
God’s Children are Little Broken Things, Arinze Ifeakandu 2022
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel 2006

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Through group discussions and presentations;
Improving own Learning and Performance Through independent reading and research;
Information Technology Through power-point presentations;
Personal Development and Career planning By 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 texts 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 5