Modern and Post-Modern in World Literature 2

Module code: SP3070

Module co-ordinator: Dr Emma Staniland

Module Aims

This course will introduce key concepts and texts related to the presentation of Post-Modernity 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 Modernity.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, you 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.


  • Essay, 2,500 to 3,000 words

Set text

  • Cristina Peri Rossi, The Ship of Fools (1984), trans. by Psiche Hughes, Readers International, 2000