This course allows students to experience the literature of the modern world. Through extensive reading and critical writing, students will gain insight into the forces that continue to shape literature and culture around the world. An essay, reflections, discussions and projects will be required.
The period covered will extend from 1789 to present-day literature. A selection of prose works and poetry from various countries and traditions will form the core of the course. Representative texts by key writers such as Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Virginia Woolf, Haruki Murakami, Walt Whitman and Salman Rushdie will feature on the syllabus. The range of work aims at uncovering themes and concepts which recur across a wide range of cultures and extend across various historical time frames. London as a great world city and London’s impact on world literature will feature at various points during the course. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of London’s literary heritage and museums as part of their research.
Students will be required to undertake online and library research in order to offer each other necessary context for the regions we are focusing on during a particular seminar. This will include historical background on authors and brief summaries of important social and cultural contexts.
Students will have to prepare and deliver a presentation on a specific author or literary movement chosen in consultation with their tutor.
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