Contemporary Texts and Contexts
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 June 2020
Requisites for this module
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA PW38 Film and Creative Writing,
BA PW39 Film and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA PW88 Film and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
BA PWH8 Film and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
What is contemporary writing? What are the most urgent themes that writers are addressing now? How have digital culture and the internet affected literary forms and expression? How have theories of reading and criticism helped us to analyse contemporary writing in exciting new ways?
Don’t just study known “traditional” genres of literature. What about the emerging new genres of writing that are challenging readers, and defying literary classification, from podcasts to social media generated novels? This module focuses on contemporary English fiction, poetry, and drama produced within the last ten years, and it investigates the themes, forms, issues and language that are at the forefront of literary development right now.
To provide students with a critical overview of contemporary writing and the concerns reflected in this literature.
To acquaint students with a variety of forms or genres of contemporary writing and widen notions of what can be considered literary.
Students who successfully complete the module will be expected to:
Display a good knowledge of literature written in the last ten years.
Demonstrate considerable critical awareness of the variety of genres and themes as represented by contemporary literature.
No additional information available.
For 2020-21, we will offer a mixture of tailored online, digital, and campus-based teaching where it may be possible and as appropriate, along with personalised one-to-one consultation with academic staff.
- Lowe, Hannah. (no date) Long Time No See: A Memoir of Fathers, Daughters and Games of Chance.
- Serial, https://serialpodcast.org/season-one
- Daoud, Kamel; Cullen, John. (2015) The Meursault Investigation, London: Oneworld.
- Yuknavitch, Lidia. (2018) The book of Joan, Edinburgh: Canongate Books Ltd.
- Annelyse Gelman. (2014) Everyone I love is a stranger to someone: poems, Austin, TX: Write Bloody Publishing, America's Independent Press.
- Black Box, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/06/04/black-box-2
- Schipper, Sebastian; Costa, Laia; Frahm, Nils. (2015) Victoria, Berlin: Senator Home Entertainment.
- Ontroerend Goed (Theater company). (2014) 'The Smile Off Your Face', in All work and no plays: blueprints for 9 theatre performances, London: Oberon Books Ltd.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Close Reading and Key Scene
||Formative: Essay plan
||Essay (2,500 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jak Peake, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Jak Peake
LiFTS General Office email email@example.com, 'phone 01206 872626
Prof Duncan James Salkeld
University of Chichester
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Available via Moodle
Of 35 hours, 32 (91.4%) hours available to students:
3 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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