Prospectus

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Literature 6A: Contemporary Literatures in English

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Successful completion of Literature 1A, 1B, 2, 3 and 4 or equivalent.

Description

This course offers a selection of texts from the various literatures in English of the period 1969-2010, with an emphasis on the last 15 years. We will study the work of authors like John Fowles, J.M. Coetzee, A.S. Byatt, Derek Walcott, Jhumpa Lahiri and Philip Roth in relation to the great shifts taking place within late 20th-century literature (e.g. Postmodernism and Postcolonialism), but also in relation to the social, political and cultural changes after World War II (with themes such as ‘feminism’, ‘race’, ‘migration and globalisation’, and ‘9/11’).

Course objectives

This course will extend and deepen the power of students’ literary critical analysis through in-depth consideration of texts. Students will explore critical debates central to the literature of the post-War period. The course will also aim to extend the students’ skills in the reading of narrative and the understanding of the relationship of a text to its cultural/social context. Students will be encouraged to share analytical and critical views on the texts ascribed in class discussion, including short presentations, and will focus research skills in the writing of a final essay. This essay will be on a relevant subject of their own choice within the parameters of the course, and will further extend the students’ critical skills and their ability to produce good, clear writing.

Timetable

The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website.

Mode of instruction

2-hour tutorial per week

Assessment method

Oral presentation (30%); Final essay (70%)

Blackboard

This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • John Fowles, The French Lieutenant’s Woman
  • Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
  • A.S. Byatt, Possession
  • Derek Walcott, Omeros
  • Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  • J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  • Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
  • Ian McEwan, Saturday
  • Don DeLillo, Falling Man
  • Philip Roth, Nemesis

Registration

Students should register through uSis. Exchange studentens cannot register through uSis, but must see the director of studies and register with her. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

Departmental Office English Language and Culture, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail: english@hum.leidenuniv.nl.
Studentcounsellor Bachelor: Ms. S.H.J. Bollen, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103B.
Coordinator of Studies Master: Ms. K. van der Zeeuw-Filemon, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 103C.