Module Identifier ENM4120  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
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 

Learning outcomes

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

1. demonstrate a knowledge of the issues associated with postmodernism in relation to contemporary British literature;

2. demonstrate an ability to employ this specialist knowledge in an extended critical and analytical essay;

3. demonstrate an ability to perform comparative critical analysis at an advanced level of research.


Brief description

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.



Seminar 1: Fiction and Postmodernity

Seminar 2: The Construction of Postmodern Spaces

Seminar 3: Postmodernist Histories

Seminar 4: Rewriting Fictions

Seminar 5: Race and Postermodernism

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Linda Hutcheon (2002) The Politics of Postmodernism Routledge
Angela Carter (1994) The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman Penguin
Angela Carter (1982) The Passion of New Eve Virago
Angela Carter (1995) The Bloody Chamber Vintage
John Fowles (1998) The French Lieutenant's Woman Vintage
Donald Barthelme (1996) Snow White Prentice Hall
Salman Rushdie (1994) The Satanic Verses Vintage
Toni Morrison (2000) Jazz Vintage


This module is at CQFW Level 7