Against the backdrop of the tradition of the realist English novel (see the seminar “Realism and the Victorian Novel” of the same module), this course is designed to study British fiction from the 1950s up to the present in terms of its continuation and renegotiation of realism as a mode of writing. In particular, we shall see how new realist fiction takes up pressing social concerns, class issues, and transformations of identities.
While studying two novels in detail, we shall also investigate shorter pieces (Sillitoe; small extracts from Williams) and literary magazines dedicated to realist writing such as Granta. The Magazine for New Writing.
Moodle: angry young men