20 Credits SPRING


Pre-requisites: LIT101


Co-requisites: LIT301, LIT302

Aims/Description: Are recent novelists 'breaking new ground' in ways quite different from one another, or do they share strategies, values and views? This course explores a selection of novels, both as individual achievements and in comparison: Bradbury, The History Man; Amis, Other People; Weldon, Praxis; Carter, The Passion of New Eve; Brookner, Hotel Du Lac; Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot; Hoban Riddley Walker; Golding, Darkness Visible; Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman; Byatt, Possession. Critical issues include the exploitation of self-conscious or unreliable narrators; defamiliarisation; the deployment of fable, allegory, myth, fantasy, satire; and comedy and absurdism as means of challenging myths and ideologies.

Restrictions on availability: Level 3 students only

Staff Contact: Professor John Haffenden, English Literature
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Assessment: Coursework

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