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Postgraduate Course: Explorations in Postmodernism - Postmodernity and its fictions (CLLC11028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of essential texts as required.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
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.
Reading List
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-Fran├žois. 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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsEiP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Allyson Stack
Tel: (0131 6)50 4290
Email: allyson.stack@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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