LIT303 : Contemporary Literature

Convener(s): Professor Sue Vice


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

This module introduces students to important current topics in the study of literary and related forms of cultural text in the contemporary period. After collaboratively reading and analysing in detail a range of exemplary texts, students will then devise and conduct their own research in this field. Drawing extensively on the current research expertise of teaching staff, the course will focus on the relation between literature and significant cultural and political topics in the period. These include: technoculture; postcolonialism; gender and sexual politics; notions of memory, the self and cultural and national identity; the influence of new media; crime, punishment and justice; and the ethics of a more-than-human world. We will examine questions of form, authorship, and the impact of literary theory in creative writing about and cultural understanding of these topics. The course also attends to the fact that period’s literature is shaped by significant historical events and movements: the legacy of World War II and the politics of the Cold War; neo-imperialism, globalization, de- and post-colonisation; climate destruction and the technologisation of life. Having explored these and other topics students will then pursue a significant research project in an area of their choice.



Assessment Methods

  1. Class participation tasks (10% of overall grade).
  2. Essay abstract and preliminary research bibliography (10% of overall grade).
  3. Research Essay (80% of overall grade)

Contact Details

0114 222 8475

Information last changed: Friday 09th of February 2018 :: 01:52:52 PM (GMT)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK