Contemporary Literature in English (Kortárs angol nyelvû irodalom) in autumn 2015
Czigányik Zsolt/Pikli Natália/Farkas Ákos, Wed 14:00–15:30, Gólyavár B, host: DES (R338)
3-credit lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: ANG-211E, 213E, 215E
description & set texts
This course concerns British literature from 1960 to the present day. The objective is to give a survey of the major trends and also to reveal the unique qualities of particular works. The lectures will primarily focus on individual authors; general issues will be highlighted through the analysis of their works.


Week 1 (9 Sept) Orientation (CzZs, PN)

Week 2 (16 Sept) Ted Hughes (PN)

Week 3 (23 Sept) Tony Harrison (PN)

Week 4 (30 Sept) Seamus Heaney (PN)

Week 5 (7 Oct) Anthony Burgess (FÁ)

Week 6 (14 Oct) Carol Ann Duffy (PN)

Week 7 (21 Oct) John Fowles (CzZs) (28 Oct—autumn break)

Week 8 (4 Nov) Tom Stoppard (PN)

Week 9 (11 Nov) Caryl Churchill and in-yer-face theatre (PN)

Week 10 (18 Nov) Salman Rushdie (CzZs)

Week 11 (25 Nov) Julian Barnes (CzZs)

Week 12 (2 Dec) Angela Carter and Amy Sackville (CzZs)

Week 13 (9 Dec) Tibor Fischer (CzZs)


Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange

John Fowles: The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories OR Amy Sackville: The Still Point

Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children

Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot OR A History of the World in 10 ½ chapters

Tibor Fisher: Under the Frog

Ted Hughes: The Thought-Fox, The Relic, Pike, Wodwo; Examination at the Womb-Door, A Childish Prank, Crow's theology and Apple tragedy, Love Song, February 17th. Fulbright Scholars, Your Paris, You Hated Spain, Wuthering Heights, 9 Willow Street (from Birthday Letters)

Seamus Heaney: Digging, Blackberry-picking, Death of a Naturalist, The Tollund Man, Punishment, North, From the Republic of Conscience, The Disappearing Island, Glanmore Revisited 3. and 5., Weighing In, The Aerodrome

Tony Harrison: V

Carol Ann Duffy: Alphabet for Auden, Head of English, The Dummy, Standing Female Nude, A Healthy Meal, Small Female Skull, Oppenheim’s Cup and Saucer, Whoever She Was, Dies Natalis, Homesick, Model Village, Psychopath, Originally, Survivor, Mean Time, Prayer, Little Red-cap, Mrs Lazarus

Tom Stoppard: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia

Caryl Churchill: (2 of the following 4 plays, make your choice) Cloud 9, Top Girls, The Skriker, A Number


Boris Ford, ed. The New Pelican Guide to English Literature Vol. 8. From Orwell to Naipaul. London, Penguin, 1999.

P.R.King: Nine contemporary poets. A critical introduction, London, Methuen, 1979.

The Cambride Companion to Twentieth-century English Poetry. Ed. Neil Corcoran, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007 A Concise Companion to Postwar British and Irish Poetry. Ed. By Nigel Alderman and C.D. Blanton. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

Sarah Broom: Contemporary British and Irish Poetry. An Introduction. New York, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.

The Cambride Companion to Caryl Churchill. Ed. Eliane Aston and Elin Diamond, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009

The Cambride Companion to Tom Stoppard. Ed. K.E. Kelly, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001

Christopher Innes: Modern British Drama 1890-1990, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1992

Morrison, Jago: Contemporary Fiction, London, Routledge, 2003.

James F. English: A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction. Oxford, Blackwell, 2006.

Bentley, Nick: Contemporary British Fiction. Edinburgh University Press, 2008.

Gray, Martin: A Dictionary of Literary Terms. Longman, 2004.

Lewis, Roger: Anthony Burgess. Faber and Faber, London, 2002.

Eszter Tory and Vesztergom Janina (eds.) Stunned into Uncertainty: Essays on Julian Barnes's Fiction. ELTE, Budapest, 2014.

Judit Friedrich (ed). Good To Be 56—Writings in Honour of Tibor Fischers Birthdays. L'Harmattan, Budapest, 2014.

Requirements & assessment

The course will be followed by a written exam, based on primary material and the lecture slides/handouts (available under course material section of this website)

requirements & assessment
A written exam is to be taken, based on primary material and the lectures.

You will have 150 minutes to write a 10-question quiz (at least 4 questions have to be correctly answered to pass the exam) and 2 essays, one on a work of poetry or drama and one on a work of fiction, each about 2 pages long. You will be able to choose from 2 topics for each essay.