Module Identifier EN33730  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator To Be Arranged  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr William G Slocombe  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   20 Hours. Seminar. (10 x 2 hr seminar workshops)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 x 3000 word essays100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. describe and appraise the main theories of and debates within postmodernism;

2. relate theories and practices of postmodernism to set texts;

3. describe the broad effects of postmodern devices on literary and cultural forms;

4. apply examples from the arguments of principal exponents of postmodern theory;

5. comment critically on the material chosen for study;

6. engage in coherent oral discussion of the texts and background material;

7. write about the subject in a well-structured and argued manner.

Brief description

Currently a buzz word, everything appears to be 'postmodern': the clothes you wear, the houses in which we live and the culture with which we engage. This option will focus on the theories and practices of postmodernism.

The module will focus principally on literary examples of postmodernism, but attention will also be paid to other areas of cultural practice, such as film, visual art, and architecture. The seminar pattern will follow a series of thematic interests, which centre upon the characteristic features of postmodern practice, as well as considering some of the theoretical essays of the principal exponents of postmodern theory.



Seminar 1: Theories of Postmodernism

Seminar 2: Erasing Worlds?

Seminar 3: Deconstructing Fiction

Seminar 4: Poetry in the Age of Electronic Reproduction

Seminar 5: Desire, Simulacra, and Spectacles

Seminar 6: Feminism/Postmodernism

Seminar 7: Architecture and Urbanicity

Seminar 8: Magic Realism

Seminar 9: Other Worlds

Seminar 10: Postmodern and Film


There is currently a vast proliferation of texts and studies of postmodernism and its various impacts upon spheres of our society. There is a good selection of the principal texts in the Hugh Owen Library (and this is well supplemented by texts in the National Library). Additional bibliographies concerning individual writers will be compiled and given to students on a weekly basis. The Hugh Owen Library has large holdings on most of the authors represented on this course (including writers not mentioned but nevertheless prominent in postmodern culture).


This module is at CQFW Level 6