Syllabus for Beyond Postmodernism

Bortom postmodernismen

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN467
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-02-08
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2017
  • Entry requirements: English C or 90 credits in a language subject or in comparative literature.
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is included in the Master programme in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • identify and discuss the themes, concerns, and aesthetic strategies of 21st century literature written in English, and situate this literature within its socio-historical context
  • show a solid knowledge of some of the major theoretical and critical arguments regarding this literature
  • demostrate methodological awareness in interpreting and discussing contemporary literature
  • display proficiency in their use of critical material in a written literary analysis
  • show a good ability to participate, orally and in writing, in a discussion of literary works in fluent and grammatical English.

Content

The course explores the diversity of 21st century literature written in English. Beginning by exploring claims concerning the end of postmodernism, it provides students with the opportunity to engage with a range of contemporary literature and with how this literature has been theorized. In examining this literature, the course also explores how literature has responded to the events and problems that have shaped the century thus far, including climate change, the financial crisis, and the rise of the national security state.

Instruction

Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English.

Assessment

Students are examined continuously by means of oral presentations and written assignments. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction.
 
Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.
 
Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or examination forms.

Transitional provisions

Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.

Other directives

If the curriculum or the course literature for a course module is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the following three terms. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires. No other limitations apply regarding the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2018

  • Egan, Jennifer. A visit from the Goon Squad

    1. Anchor Books ed.: New York: Anchor Books, 2011.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • McCarthy, Tom Remainder

    New York: Vintage Books, 2007.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • O'Neill, Joseph Netherland

    London: Harper Perennial, 2009

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Rich, Nathaniel Odds against tomorrow

    1st ed.: New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2013

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Smith, Zadie NW

    London: Penguin, 2013

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Veselka, Vanessa. Zazen

    Brooklyn, N.Y.: Red Lemonade, c2011.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Waldman, Amy The Submission

    Random House UK, 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Whitehead, Colson The intuitionist

    1st Anchor Books ed.: New York: Anchor Books, 2000.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Winterson, Jeanette The stone gods

    1st Mariner books ed.: Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Photocopied/web-based material

Reading list revisions