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British Contemporary Fiction

Class at Faculty of Arts |



The course will focus on contemporary British fiction of the past decade. We will read, analyse and discuss a number of important books which have been chosen to represent various trends in contemporary writing in Britain: experimental fiction (Tom McCarthy), neo-Victorian fiction (the novels by Michel Faber and Julian Barnes) etc.

Secondary writing (critical essays) will be read and discussed in the seminar.

READING AND SYLLABUS 24.2. - Introduction 3.3. - Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach 10.3. - Ian McEwan - Atonement 17.3. - Simon Mawer - Glass Room 24.3. - Tom McCarthy - C 31.3. - Nicola Barker - Darkmans 7.4. - Nicola Barker - Darkmans 14.4. - Barry Unsworth - The Land of Marvels 21.4. - Michel Faber - Crimson Petal and the White 28.4. - Michel Faber - Crimson Petal and the White 5.5. - Adam Foulds - The Quickening Maze 12.5. - Julian Barnes - Arthur and George 19.5. - Conclusion


Students are expected to participate in discussions, deliver one oral presentation and to submit a paper of 2,500 words for a credit. In addition to that, an essay of 6,000 words should be submitted as a graded paper.