Contemporary Literature (TRU3044)

30 credits

Writers and artists have produced some extraordinary work over the past four decades—literature that is engaged, politically charged, and experimental. This module introduces students to a range of late-20-Century and 21-Century texts that raise questions about literature’s role in the conflicted political present. During the module, you will compare and contrast literary trends, artistic styles, ideologies and cultural tendencies in work published in America, Britain, and South Africa. You will also explore how contemporary writing opens onto global concerns about identity, place and inheritance that subvert national literary identities and dominant cultural centres. The module will increase students’ familiarity with texts that have responded to oppressive conditions in the nation state, late modernity and global capitalism, terrorism, postcoloniality. It will attend to experimental and mainstream literatures, and will cover a range of genres, including fiction, short stories and poetry.