Topics will include memory, history, and the representation of trauma; the writing of transnational and trans-lingual experience; the ethics of narration and reading; the formation and dynamics of the non-nuclear family; dystopian worlds and new technologies.




At tThis course aims to familiarize students with representative forms of contemporary literature, focusing upon both short stories and novels. Appropriate critical theories and approaches will also be discussed to enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the thematic, theoretical and formal issues at stake in contemporary Anglophone literature. Students will learn to analyze texts thematically and through close reading and to develop their critical skills through writing, group discussions and oral presentations.




There will be three contact hours each week. The first two hours will be held on Mondays and will consist of lectures, group discussions, pair-work, and oral presentations. The third hour, held on Thursdays, will be tutorials. Students will be assigned to a tutorial group to meet fortnightly for close readings of a text. More information on the make-up of these sessions will be available on Moodle prior to the course commencement.




Class attendance and participation 10 %
Oral presentation 15 %
Mid-term close-reading essay 25 %
End-of-term essay 50 %




A selection of short stories, by authors including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dave Eggers, Cynthia Ozick and Ali Smith, will be provided on Moodle.

Full texts required:
Margaret Attwood The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
Martin Amis Time’s Arrow (1991)
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go (2005)
Neel Mukherjee A State of Freedom (2017)



Last updated: 11 July 2018