PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE NO LECTURES OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER.
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.
THERE ARE NO LECTURES OFFERED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER. YOU MAY, HOWEVER, TAKE THE EXAM IN ANY SEMESTER.
SET TEXTS (COMPULSORY):
Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange
John Fowles: The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber OR Amy Sackville: The Still Point
Salman Rushdie: Midnight’s Children
Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot OR A History of the World in 10 ˝ 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
RECOMMENDED READING: CRITICAL WORKS
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. requirements & assessment
The course will be followed by a written exam, based on primary material and the lecture slides/handouts (available under corsem material section of this website)
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.