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MA Gender, Sexuality and Culture / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Contemporary Fiction

Unit code ENGL71212
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by English and American Studies
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course provides an introduction to contemporary prose fiction, focusing on a range of recently published texts written in English and on the (material and critical) contexts of their production and reception. The course is divided into four sections (the literary industry; nostalgia and dystopia; poets’ novels and prose architectures; and hybrid texts), and the chosen texts allow a consideration of some of the key themes and the diverse generic and formal possibilities of contemporary literature, but also some of the key debates within publishing and literary criticism in this period.



Assessment methods

Essay 100%


Recommended reading

John Banville, The Sea

Ian McEwan, Saturday

W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz

Ali Smith, How to be Both

*Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties

*Camilla Grudova, The Doll's Alphabet

*Mariana Enriquez, Things we lost in the fire

*Joanna Walsh, Worlds from the Word's End

*Eley Williams, Attrib

David Mitchell, Black Swan Green

Patrick McCabe, Winterwood

Colson Whitehead, Zone One

Ben Lerner, 10.04

Rachel Cusk, Outline.


*Short stories from these collections will be provided as handouts


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 33
Independent study hours
Independent study 267

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kaye Mitchell Unit coordinator

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