Post War Anglophone Fiction (Semester 4)


Situating itself in the aftermath of the Second World War, and the collapse of the British Empire, this course is interested in how the Anglophone novel as a literary and aesthetic form, evolved, responded, and extended itself in new directions in the second half of the twentieth century. Coping with the loss of Empire or celebrating liberation from it, and attempting to carve out a new identity by revising the old one and/or by embracing new hybridized realities, the novelists on the reading list will cover over five eventful decades, plotting the prodigious fecundity of the novel (definitely the literary genre that emerges as the frontrunner in this period). The course will foreground certain thematic or stylistics turns via representative novels from different regions to help better understand our aesthetics as contemporary readers.