Postgraduate Course: Explorations in Postmodernism - Postmodernity and its fictions (CLLC11028)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Common Courses (School of Lit, Lang and Cult)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course will focus on questions of what might be understood to constitute a specifically literary 'postmodernism', through exploring the treatment of various key themes and elements (language, genre, histories, myth, forms, character, place) by selected writers.
Places on this course will be offered to students on the MSc in Creative Writing programme in the first instance.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Purchase of essential texts as required.
Information for Visiting Students
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||No
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|Students should acquire broad understanding of theories of postmodernity and of postmodernist writing, along with a wider awareness of examples of the latter, and of the interconnection and political and cultural implications of theory and practice.
|One essay of 4,000 words.|
||WEEK 2 Willa Cather, O Pioneers!
WEEK 3 Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
WEEK 4 Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths
WEEK 5 Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City
WEEK 6 Patricia Duncker, Hallucinating Foucault
WEEK 7 Cormac McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses
WEEK 8 Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
WEEK 9 Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
WEEK 10 Carlos Fuentes, Death of Artemio Cruz
WEEK 11 Clarice Lispector, Close to the Savage Heart
||Suggested Secondary Reading
Adorno, Theodor W. and Max Horkheimer. Dialectic of Enlightenment, 1944.
Belsey, Catherine. Critical Practice, 1980.
Docherty, Thomas, ed. Postmodernism: A Reader, 1993.
McHale, Brian. Postmodernist Fiction, 1987.
Natoli, Joseph and Linda Hutcheon, eds. A Postmodern Reader, 1993.
Jameson, Frederic. Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, 1991.
Lodge, David. Modern Criticism and Theory, 1988.
Lyotard, Jean-François. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 1984.
Malpas, Simon. The Postmodern, 2005.
Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel, 1957.
Young, Robert. White Mythologies, 2nd Edition, 2004.
Zizek, Slavoj. Looking Awry, 1991.
Further reading will be suggested during the course.
|Course organiser||Dr Allyson Stack
Tel: (0131 6)50 4290
|Course secretary||Mr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988