What is the course about?
This course will introduce students to a range of contemporary fiction published in the 21st Century. In this course we will consider the history of the novel form and its continuing centrality in literary culture. We think about form, style and technique, and explore these through close reading. We will also consider current political and cultural issues such as national identity and boundary, capitalism and neoliberalism, and gender and sexuality.
Katie Da Cunha Lewin is a teacher and researcher based in London. She has a PhD in literature, focussing on the novels of J.M. Coetzee and Don DeLillo. She is the co-editor of Don DeLillo: Contemporary Critical Perspectives published by Bloomsbury and recently wrote an entry on Don DeLillo for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. In addition to teaching at City Lit, Katie teaches courses on literature, theory and film at the University of Sussex, Bishopsgate, the IF Project and Picturehouse Cinemas.
What will we cover?
We will look at the following novels:
J.M. Coetzee, Slow Man (2005)
Don DeLillo, Point Omega (2010)
Ali Smith, Autumn (2016).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the relationship between politics and fiction more confidently
- Identify trends and ideas in 21st century fiction
- Evaluate and analyse texts more confidently
- Discuss techniques and ideas present in literary fiction
- Extend your understanding of the novel as a form.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- You will need to be enthusiastic about reading and sharing ideas
- You will need to do the reading and make responsive notes
- You will need to respond to a range of ideas and materials in class
- You will work in a group and in pairs and feedback on your ideas.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught with some mini-introductory lectures, as well as group discussion. There will also be pair and group work. You will need to read the books in advance of the class and bring some ideas for discussion.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A copy of the book or your course pack. (Course pack provided by the lecturer.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for literature courses under History, Culture and Writing under www.citylit.ac.uk.