|Semester||Spring Semester, 2020|
|Department||MA Program of English, First Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, First Year MA Program of English, Second Year Ph.D. Program in English Literature, Second Year|
|Course Name||Contemporary British Novels|
Week 1: Orientation
Week 2: Read 1 and 2 before class; read 3 in class.
1. A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction
2. Introduction. Contemporary British Fiction. Nick Bentley
3. Patricia Waugh. “Postmodern Fiction and the Rise of Critical Theory”. A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000. Brian W. Shaffer, ed.
Week 3: Peter Ackroyd. Hawksmoor. “The Capitol of Darkness: Gothic Spatialities in the London of Peter Ackroy’d Hawksmoor”
Week 6: Atonement; “Trauma and War”
Week 7: Atonement; “Deeper Darkness in Atonement”
Week 8: Fingersmith; “I know everything. I know nothing”: (Re)Reading Fingersmith’s Deceptive Doubles.
Week 9: Fingersmith; “Queer and Verdant”: The Textual Politics of Sarah Waters’s Neo-Victorian Novels
“Masquerade in Fingersmith
Week 10: The Black Album; “Brit Bomber: The Fundamentalist Trope in Black Album”
Week 11: The Black Album; “Prince of Darkness Meets Priestess of Porn”
“Tropicalizing London: British Fiction and the Discipline of Postcolonialism”
Week 12: Brick Lane. “The Feminization of Globalization”
2. “Migration and the Politics of Narrative Form in Brick Lane”
Week 13: Brick Lane; “Monica Ali: Brick Lane”
“From Brick Lane to Bradford”
Week 14: Never Let Me Go; “Inhuman Aesthetics in Never Let Me Go”
Week 15: Never Let Me Go;“Cloning and Heterosexuality”
Week 16: Never Let Me Go; Literature online. “Giving Form to Life”
Week 17: Proposal presentation
Final report 60%
Weekly questions and performance 20%
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To be handed out in class.
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