General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title History of British literature after 1900
Language English
Module lecturer prof UAM dr hab. Agnieszka Setecka; dr Beniamin Kłaniecki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of English
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 45
USOS code 15-HLBP2-AMU-PIE-11


lectures: Wednesday, 9.45-10.30, Aula, Coll. Heliodori Święcicki

classes: Monday, 9.45-11.15, Sala Górna Coll. Heliodori Święcicki

Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Introduction to the course; Georgian and war poetry

Week 2: Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Week 3: E.M. Forster: Passage to India

Week 4: Celtic Twilight and W.B. Yeats

Week 5: Modernist fiction (Virginia Woolf)

Week 6: Modernist fiction (James Joyce)

Week 7: Modernist poetry (Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden)

Week 8: George Orwell: 1984

Week 9: Poetry of the 20th century (Heaney and Harrison)

Week 10: J. M. Coetzee:  Foe

Week 11:  Hanif Kureishi: “My Son the Fanatic”;

Week 12: Zadie Smith: “Two Men Arrive in a Village”;

Week 13: Andrea Levy: “Loose Change”;

Week 14: Hilary Mantel: “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – August 6th 1983”;

Week 15: Revision and conclusions


Week 1: Introduction to the course (the aims and objectives, requirements, the final examination)

Week 2: The Aesthetic Movement

Week 3: The realist novel of the late Victorian and Ewardian period

Week 4: Late-Victorian romance

Week 5: Celtic Twilight

Week 6: The New Woman fiction and feminism

Week 7: Modernist literature: introduction

Week 8: Modernist theories on literature

Week 9: Twentieth-century drama (Angry Young Men, Theatre of the Absurd, contemporary theatre)

Week 10: Postmodern literature and historiographic metafiction

Week 11: Postcolonial literature

Week 12: (Post)Feminism and women’s fiction, from Virginia Woolf to contemporary women writers.

Week 13: Controversy and censorship: from G.B Shaw and Oscar Wilde to Salman Rushdie and Sarah Kane.

Week 14: Contemporary developments in fiction

Week 15: Revision and conclusions

Reading list

reading lists includes all the texts disussed in class