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Special Topic: Ideas in Contemporary Literature (EN3224)

Summer Reading List


Course Leader: Professor Robert Eaglestone


This course analyses in detail a range of contemporary fiction, mainly Anglophone but with some texts in translation, in relation to a series of contemporary intellectual, theoretical, aesthetic, political and cultural debates.

Course texts (not in the order in which we will read them):

  • Sarah Waters Fingersmith (London: Virago, 2003
  • Nicola Barker Darkmans (London, 4th Estate: 2007)
  • Adam Foulds, The Quickening Maze (2010)
  • Aleksander Hemon The Lazarus Project (London: Picador, 2008)
  • Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist (London: Penguin, 2007)
  • Ian McEwan’s Saturday (London: Vintage, 2005)
  • Junot Diaz Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (London: Faber and Faber, 2007)
  • David Eggers, What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng (2006)
  • John Burnside, Glister (London: Vintage, 2008)
  • Marilynne Robinson Gilead (London: Virago, 2005)
  • David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (London: Scepter, 2004)
  • Ali Smith, The Accidental (London: Penguin, 2006)
  • Tom McCarthy  Remainder (London: Alma Books 2007)
  • Gary Shtenygart, Super Sad True Love Story (2010)
  • Sarah Hall, How to paint a Dead Man (2009)
  • Siri Hustveldt, What I Loved (2003)
  • Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011)
  • Hari Kunzru Gods Without Men (2012)

Two further texts (one in each term, I hope) will be chosen by the students on the course. 


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