Modern Literature: Studies in Fiction
This program offers an intensive study of fiction from the early twentieth century to the present day. There are two core units: Forms of Narrative: Modernism and the Nouveau Roman (Autumn); and Postmodernism/Postwar Fiction (Spring). In addition, there are two optional units: Modern Diaspora (Autumn); and Post-Colonial Writing (Spring). Students can also combine their core units with related units from other programs. Possibilities include Publishing (see Creative Writing below); Modernism; Comparative Literature; American Studies; Film Studies; and Culture and Communication. The Autumn core unit, Forms of Narrative: Modernism and the Nouveau Roman, gives students an opportunity to explore narrative theory in the context of a close reading of Joyce's Ulysses, Beckett's major novels, and the Nouveau Roman. In addition there is an optional unit, Modern Diaspora, which looks at gender and Modernism (writers include Mansfield, Woolf and Barnes) and at the re-writing and re-reading of some modernist motifs by postwar writers (Marquez, Rushdie and Carter). The Spring core unit, Postmodernism/ Postwar Fiction, will look at the crisis of representation in this period, metafiction, ways of writing the war, and the refractions of gender and geography. Authors studied include Borges, Nabokov, Lessing, Marquez, Calvino, Duras, Pynchon, Coover, Carter, Atwood, and Eco. The Spring option unit will be post-colonial writing, and covers work by Coetzee, Allende, Kincaid, Janet Frame, Malouf and Turner Hospital.