LIT320 : Contemporary British Fiction

Convener(s): Dr Jenni Adams


Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course Convenor.

General Information

The aim of this course is to engage critically with a wide range of contemporary British texts, exploring and analysing key developments and making comparisons between the various works encountered. The course will primarily focus on British fiction of the past twenty years, and will take in such literary trends as neo-Victorianism, contemporary Gothic and crossover fiction. Critical issues include the construction of gender, sexuality and identity in contemporary British fiction; the responses to twentieth century history in recent works (with a particular focus on trauma and war); and the importance of 9/11 and the ‘War on Terror’ as a significant context to twenty-first century British fiction.


Teaching will consist of two one-hour seminars per week. One seminar will be a small group session of around 10-15 students, while the other seminar will be a combined workshop session which aims to explore the issues surrounding that week’s text in a larger group. Students are also encouraged to participate in online debate and discussion using MOLE.


There are two options for assessment:
  1. One 1500-word essay (40%) and one 2500-word essay (60%)
  2. One 4000-word essay

Contact Details

Dr Jenni Adams, 0114 222 0237

Information last changed: Thursday 07th of April 2016 :: 01:16:15 PM (BST)

may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK