Faculty of Arts


Literature and the Contemporary

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for ENGLISH 101.


ENGLISH 101 is a wide-ranging study of literatures in English in different forms and media between the beginning of the twentieth century and the present. Themes such as modernity/postmodernity, memory, war and ecological crisis will be studied in the context of key historical events and cultural movements. We also examine and compare key elements of narrative (structure, style, perspective, theme, characterisation, setting and so on in prose; all of the above plus lighting, tracking and so on in film).

After beginning by looking at the kind of realist literature that flourished before WWI, we will move on to modernism’s reaction against realism, and then to postmodernism and contemporary hypertexts. Students will learn to read and interpret a range of literary works, develop written and oral arguments about literature and familiarise themselves with some of the major cultural movements of the twentieth century.

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Availability 2018

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Professor Erin Carlston


Required texts are likely to include short stories by Arnold Bennett and Katherine Mansfield, novels by Virginia Woolf and Don DeLillo, Christopher Nolan's film "Memento" and more. Further details will be available later in the year.


ENGLISH 101: 15.0 points

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