THE MODERN NOVEL
This course covers the work of prominent British authors of the twentieth century, including the original modernists, E.M Forster and Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, Iris Murdoch and John Fowles and culminating in the postmodern works of Kazuo Ishiguro and Ian McEwan. Particular attention is paid to characterisation, genre and structure, also the impact of the social and cultural climate on these famous authors and their influential works. It consists of a general survey and in-depth analysis of specific texts. The development of the novel from Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe is also charted in outline, examining its various forms: the epistolary, the gothic, the bildungsroman, the social commentary and the stream of consciousness. Core texts are set out below.
|The Dawn of Modernism|
|Core Text: A Passage to India||E M Forster|
|Secondary Text: To the Lighthouse||Virginia Wolf|
|The Threat of War|
|Core Text:||A Handful of Dust||Evelyn Waugh|
|Postmodernism in the 60s|
|Core Text: The French Lieutenant’s Woman||John Fowles|
|Secondary Text: An Unofficial Rose||Iris Murdoch|
|Core Text:||Enduring Love||Ian McEwan|
|Secondary Text: The Remains of the Day||Kazuo Ishiguro|
Overall Assessment Process & Assessment Criteria
Students will be awarded a final grade based on classroom contribution and attendance, satisfactory completion of assignments, and on the submission of at least four written papers relating to the core texts.
Written work is assessed on the understanding that there is no right or wrong answer in literature: only a good or bad one. A first-hand, personal and textually informed response is the touchstone for a high grade.
This class is normally delivered over one term, with 90 teaching contact hours or equivalent in the Michaelmas term, and 60 teaching contact hours for Hilary and Trinity terms. For students requesting credit, we recommend the transfer of three college credits for Michaelmas and two college credits for Hilary and Trinity, on successful completion of the class.