Module Identifier ENM4120  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Professor Lyn Pykett, Professor Timothy S Woods  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Seminar. 2 hours per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 5,000 word essay 


This option will focus on postmodern experiments within the genre of the English-language novel in both contemporary British and American writing, and specifically at the way in which history is reconfigured, rewritten, and reshaped, as it increasingly becomes the critical site of the formation of cultural identity. The range of novels will embrace formal experimentation, challenges to the modes of representation traditionally associated with the novel, and a concern with the gender and racial implications of postmodernism in the novel.

1. Fiction and Postmodernity

   Linda Hutcheson, The Politics of Postmodernism

2. The Construction of Postmodern Spaces

   Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, The Passion of New Eve

3. Postmodernist Histories
   Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry, Julian Barnes, The History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters,
   Graham Swift, Waterland

4. Rewriting Fictions

   Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber, John Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Donald Barthelme, Snow White

5. Race and Postermodernism

   Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses, or Toni Morrison, Jazz


This module is at CQFW Level 7