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This is an eight-week course pitched at the Postgraduate level to provide an overview of a theoretical understanding of the fundamentals of Postmodernism in Literature. Through a discussion of seminal texts, key ideas and critical events in the 20th century, the course maps the dominant socio-cultural and literary practices usually labelled as Postmodernism. Ranging from popular culture to particular theories, from literary events to ideological debates, this course attempts to cover a wide variety of topics and frameworks, to enable a critical understanding of Postmodernism in Literature. The course includes the discussion of selected literary texts and engages with various literary critical approaches from different paradigms including Feminism and Postcolonialism.
 

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Topics

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Introducing Postmodernism -Definitions, Concepts, General Online background

2.

 Reading the seminal texts and events which define Postmodernism-Online Lyotard,Barthes

3.

Locating the Postmodern in the contemporary

4.

Postmodernism in literature and historical survey

5.

Postmodernism as a literary critical approach

6.

Detailed study of selected texts - Prose

7.

Detailed study of selected texts, Poetry and drama

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Detailed study of selected texts - miscellaneous

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