Modern and Postmodern in World Literature 1 and 2

Module code: IT3060/IT3070

Module co-ordinators: Dr Emma Staniland, Dr Helen Rawlings, Dr Simona Storchi and Dr Marc Ripley

Module Aims

This module will introduce key concepts and texts related to the presentation of Modernity and Postmodernity in world literature. It will promote discussion of the texts’ thematic and stylistic features, and will take into account the specificity of their national cultural context, while engaging with the wider theoretical debate framing the notions of Modernism and Postmodernism.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate recognition of stylistic, thematic and narrative features of literature
  • Apply this awareness to selected texts from world literature of the modern and contemporary period
  • Make connections between different cultural, literary trends and movements in world literature
  • Demonstrate some critical understanding of cultural, historical and socio-political issues affecting literary texts
  • Show evidence of increased intercultural awareness through the ability to draw comparisons between the texts produced by different cultures.
  • Write about world literature in an appropriate academic register
  • Discuss seminar topics based upon independent research and guided reading

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures, seminars and group work. One contact hour per week.


  • Two 3,000-word essays

Set texts

  • Luigi Pirandello, The Late Mattia Pascal, 1904, trans. by Nicoletta
    Simborowski, Dedalus, 2011