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ENAM 0558 Contemporary British Fiction

The British novel of today is as experimental, diverse and influential as it ever has been. This course will consider some of the major themes and authors of the period from around 1980 to the present day, but can be focused on any aspect that interests tutor and student.

 Sample themes

  1. Realism and modernism
  2. Postmodernism
  3. Hyperrealism
  4. Self and society: family, class, art, politics, sport
  5. Feminism, queer theory, gender and sexuality
  6. Science, technology, and ethics
  7. Race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture
  8. Historical fiction
  9. Internationalism/Multiculturalism/Post-Colonialism
  10. History and trauma
  11. The primacy of narrative/imagination


Sample works

Peter Ackroyd: Hawksmoor

Martin Amis: London Fields, Time’s Arrow

JG Ballard: Crash

Pat Barker: The Ghost Road (from The Regeneration Trilogy)

Julian Barnes: Flaubert’s Parrot

AS Byatt: Possession

Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber

Jonathan Coe: What a Carve Up!, The House of Sleep

Margaret Drabble: The Gates of Ivory (from The Radiant Way Trilogy)

Russell Hoban: Riddley Walker

Alan Hollinghurst, The Swimming Pool Library

Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go; The Unconsoled

Doris Lessing: The Good Terrorist

Penelope Lively: Moon Tiger

Hanif Kureishi: Buddha of Suburbia

Ian McEwan: Black Dogs, Atonement

WG Sebald: Rings of Saturn

Muriel Spark: A Far Cry from Kensington

Graham Swift: Waterland: Shuttlecock; Ever After

Jeanette Winterson: The Passion; Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit



Patrick Keiller: London; Robinson in Space; Robinson in Ruins

Mike Leigh: Naked

Stephen Frears: My Beautiful Laundrette
Hanif Kureishi: Sammy and Rosie Get Laid; My Son the Fanatic  


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