Contemporary Texts and Contexts

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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),
MLITQ391 Literature

Module description

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.

Module aims

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.

Module learning outcomes

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.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

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,
  • 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,
  • 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 Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Online Portfolio     25% 
Coursework   Close Reading and Key Scene     20% 
Coursework   Formative: Essay plan    0% 
Coursework   Essay (2,500 words)    50% 
Practical   Participation     5% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jak Peake, email:
Dr Jak Peake
LiFTS General Office email, 'phone 01206 872626



External examiner

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).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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