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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 3809 - Contemporary British Literatures

English 3809 Section 001    CRN 35026
Contemporary British Literatures    1100-1150 MWF

In this course, we will explore the exciting genesis of new fictions that emerged in Britain after World War II. Specifically, we will look at how British writers start transforming the role of the novel to encompass the economic, political, and social crises of the late 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and beyond (from the rise of political violence in Northern Ireland, to the Cold War fears of nuclear warfare, to global terrorism). We will encounter significant theoretical currents of the contemporary, such as postmodernism, feminism, postcolonialism, and existentialism. Our primary texts will be a variety of intriguing novels, films, and generous considerations of popular music from the punk, post-punk, new wave, and independent music movements in Britain, ranging from the Sex Pistols to Radiohead.  Course requirements: two papers, weekly responses to online forum, active discussion, midterm and final examinations. (Group 3C)