ENG-30053 - Postmodernism: Fiction, Film and Theory
Coordinator: Nicholas P Bentley Room: CBB2.057 Tel: +44 1782 7 33304
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

English Combined Honours (Level 6)
English Major (Level 6)
English Minor (Level 6)
English Single Honours (Level 6)
English and American Literatures Single Honours (Level 6)
English with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)
Film Studies Combined Honours (Level 6)
Film Studies Single Honours (Level 6)
Film Studies with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Combined Honours (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Major (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Minor (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Single Honours (Level 6)


Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2019/20

Postmodernism represents an important body of critical theory that developed in the second half of the twentieth century, and continues to have relevance in the twenty-first. It crosses a range of disciplines, but emphasises an interrogative, reflexive and eclectic challenge to many philosophical and aesthetic values and practices. On this module, students will explore the relevance and meaning of some of the ideas associated with postmodernism with respect to selected novels and films. Students will assess the influence of key ideas on writers and directors and they will study the main themes and techniques used in postmodern fiction and film. The module also encourages a critically-informed assessment of the implications of postmodern thinking for contemporary notions of history, identity, sexuality, politics and consumer society. Fiction and film likely to be studied on the module include Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10 Chapters; Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit; Martin Amis, Other People; J. G. Ballard, Kingdom Come; The Hours (dir. Stephen Daldry); The Company of Wolves (dir. Neil Jordan); The Matrix (dir. Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski); and Mulholland Drive (dir. David Lynch).

Aims
To examine the relationship between selected fiction, film and postmodern theory.
To develop an understanding of influential theoretical ideas in postmodernism.
To study the generic and stylistic features of recent writing and film.
To encourage critical analysis of literary, filmic and theoretical material and reflection on the practice of criticism.

Intended Learning Outcomes

discuss and write confidently on the ideas, techniques and developments associated with postmodernism as well as the major concepts advanced by relevant literary and cultural theories; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
consider the place of literature and film within transformations of culture, aesthetic value and representation; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
discuss and write at an advanced level on the complexity of literary and filmic language; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
apply, critically, challenging concepts in the analysis of literary and filmic texts; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
use advanced interpretative and analytical skills in the analysis of literary and filmic texts; will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3
assess the value of different critical approaches. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3

Study hours

20 hours seminars
20 hours seminar/workshop preparation
70 hours reading primary and secondary texts
10 hours working on formative assessment
30 hours working on essay

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 20%
A 1200-word analysis of a an extract form a critical theory
Students will choose to discuss one from a choice of three extracts from different theories related to postmodernism. They will be asked to apply this theory to an extract of prose fiction. Feedback will offered on this exercise that will feed into the other pieces of assessment.

2: Essay weighted 70%
A 3,000 word essay
Students choose one question from a list of 8-10. The essay will require students to reflect on aspects of postmodern theory and apply them to a selected novel or film.

3: Class Participation weighted 10%
Student contribution to seminar discussions.
Students will be assessed on the preparation for, and contribution to, seminar discussions.