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Secondary Reading List: Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature, 2017/18, Semester 2
Professor John McLeod
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General Criticism and Theory

Nick Bentley (ed.), British fiction of the 1990s (London: Routledge, 2005).

Hans Bertens, The idea of the postmodern : a history (London: Routledge, 1995).

Clive Bloom, and Gary Day Literature and culture in modern Britain. Vol 3, 1956-1999 (Harlow: Longman, 2000)

Malcolm Bradbury, The Modern British Novel (London: Penguin, 1993).

Peter Buse, Drama + theory : critical approaches to modern British drama (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001)

Judith Butler, Gender trouble : feminism and the subversion of identity (New York: Routledge, 1990).

______, Bodies that matter : on the discursive limits of "sex" (New York and London: Routledge, 1993). EBL High Demand

Robert L. Caserio (ed.), The Cambridge companion to the twentieth-century English novel [electronic resource] (Cambridge: CUP, 2009)

Becky Conekin, Frank Mort and Chris Waters (eds) Moments of modernity : reconstructing Britain, 1945-1964 (London and New York: Rivers Oram Press, 1999)

Steven Connor, Postmodernist culture : an introduction to theories of the contemporary (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989). EBL High Demand

_______, The English novel in history 1950-1995 (London: Routledge, 1995).

Neil Corcoran, After Yeats and Joyce : reading modern Irish literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).

Mark Currie (ed.), Metafiction (London: Longman, 1995)

Mark Currie, Postmodern narrative theory (Basingstoke, Macmillan, 1998)

Theo D’Haen, & Hans Bertens (eds) Liminal postmodernisms : the postmodern, the (post-)colonial, and the (post-)feminist ISBN: 9051837720 (pbk); 9051837569 (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 1994)

Mary Eagleton, Feminist literary criticism (London, Longman, 1991)

Terry Eagleton, The illusions of postmodernism (Oxford, Blackwell, 1996)

Julia Epstein, & Kristina Straub (eds) Body guards : the cultural politics of gender ambiguity (London: Routledge, 1991).

Rita Felski, Beyond feminist aesthetics : feminist literature and social change (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989).

Diana Fuss, Essentially speaking (London, Routledge 1990).

Andrzej Gasiorek, Post-war British fiction : realism and after (London: Edward Arnold, 1995).

David Gervais, Literary Englands : versions of Ènglishness' in modern writing (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993)

Lizbeth Goodman, Contemporary feminist theatres : to each her own (London: Routledge, 1993).

John Haffenden, Novelists in interview (London: Methuen, 1985).

Dominic Head, The Cambridge introduction to modern British fiction, 1950-2000 (Cambridge: CUP, 2002)

Susan J, Hekman, Gender and knowledge : elements of a postmodern feminism (Oxford: Polity, 1990)

Linda Hutcheon, A poetics of postmodernism : history, theory, fiction (London: Routledge, 1988).

_______, The politics of postmodernism (London: Routledge, 1989). EBL High Demand

Maggie Humm, Border traffic : strategies of contemporary women writers (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991).

David James (ed.), The legacies of modernism [electronic resource] : historicising postwar and contemporary fiction n (Cambridge: CUP, 2012)

Hugh Kenner, A sinking island : the modern English writers (London: Barrie and Jenkins, 1987)

Richard Lane, Rod Mengham, and Philip Tew, Contemporary British fiction (Oxford: Polity, 2003)

Niall Lucy, Postmodern literary theory : an introduction (Oxford, Blackwell, 1997)

Brian McHale, Postmodernist fiction (London, Routledge, 1989)

Rod Mengham, An introduction to contemporary fiction : international writing in English since 1970 (Oxford: Polity, 1999).

Blake Morrison, The Movement : English poetry and fiction of the 1950s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980)

Linda J. Nicolson, (ed) Feminism/Postmodernism (London: Routledge, 1990)

Paulina Palmer, Contemporary women's fiction : narrative practice and feminist theory (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989).

Dan Rebellato, 1956 and all that : the making of modern British drama London: Routledge 1999

Alan Robinson, Instabilities in contemporary British poetry (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988).

David Rogers, and John McLeod (eds) The revision of Englishness (Manchester: MUP, 2004)

Eve Kosovsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the closet (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991).

Lynne Segal, Why feminism? : gender, psychology, politics (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1999).

Theodore Shank (ed.), Contemporary British theatre (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994).

Alan Sinfield, Literature, politics and culture in postwar Britain (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1989).

Patricia Juliana Smith (ed.), The queer sixties (London, Routledge 1999).

Edmund J. Smyth, Postmodernism and contemporary fiction (London: Batsford, 1991). EBL High Demand

Robyn Warhol & Diane Price Herndl Feminisms : an anthology of literary theory and criticism (London: Macmillan, 1997)

Patricia Waugh, The harvest of the sixties : English literature and its background 1960-1990 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995).

_______ Postmodernism : a reader (London: Edward Arnold, 1992; repr. 1993).

Jeffrey Weeks, Sex, politics and society : the regulation of sexuality since 1800 (London: Longman, 1981)

Tim Woods, Beginning postmodernism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1999).

Marysia Zalewski, Feminism after postmodernism? : theorising through practice (London: Routledge, 2000)

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Samuel Beckett, Happy Days

[NB You should find the Journal of Beckett Studies. useful to browse.]

Al Alvarez, Beckett (Fontana/Collins, 1973)

Phil Baker, Beckett and the mythology of psychoanalysis (London: Macmillan, 1997)

Samuel Beckett, Proust, and, Three dialogues : Samuel Beckett & Georges Duthuit. (London: John Calder, 1965)—shelved at French M-80 PRO/B.

Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider No author better served : the correspondence of Samuel Beckett & Alan Schneider (Cambridge, Mass: Harvard UP, 1998)

Morris Beja, S.E. Gontarski, Pierre Astier (eds), Samuel Beckett--humanistic perspectives, Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State University Press, 1983.

Virginia Cooke, Beckett on file (London: Methuen, 1985).

George Craig et al (ed) The letters of Samuel Beckett Vol 3 (1957-1965) (Cambridge: CUP 2009)

Anthony Cronin, Samuel Beckett : the last modernist, London : HarperCollins, 1996

Peter Fifield et al (eds) Samuel Beckett [electronic resource] : debts and legacies : new critical essays (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

John Fletcher and John Spurling, Beckett : a study of his plays (London: Eyre Methuen, 1978)

S.E. Gontarski A Companion to Samuel Beckett (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

S.E. Gontarski The Edinburgh companion to Samuel Beckett and the arts (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014

S.E. Gontarski (ed) On Beckett : essays and criticism (London: Anthem Press, 2014)

Dirk Van Hulle, The New Cambridge Companion to Samuel Beckett (Cambridge: CUP, 2015)

Jennifer Jeffers Samuel Beckett : a casebook (New York: Routledge 2014)

Jonathan Kalb, Beckett in performance (Cambridge: CUP, 1989).

Delcan Kiberd, 'Religious Writing: Beckett and Others' and 'Beckett's texts of laughter and forgetting' in Inventing Ireland (London: Jonathan Cape, 1995), pp. 454-467, 530-550.

James Knowlson, Damned to fame : the life of Samuel Beckett (London: Bloomsbury, 1996).

James Knowlson (ed) Happy days : the production notebook of Samuel Beckett (New York: Grove Press, 1986)

Vivien Mercier, Beckett/Beckett (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977)

Sinead Mooney Samuel Beckett (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2006)

John Pilling (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Beckett (Cambridge: CUP, 1994)

Christopher Ricks, Beckett's dying words : the Clarendon lectures 1990 1990 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1990)

Anthony Uhlmann (ed) Samuel Beckett in context (Cambridge: CUP, 2013)

[Note that reviews of the play's initial productions can be found here: Alan Brien, Spectator, 4 November 1955; Kenneth Tynan, Observer, 7 April 1957; Harold Hobson, Sunday Times, 15 July 1973.]

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Philip Larkin, Collected Poems

James Booth, Philip Larkin : life, art and love (London: Bloomsbury, 2014)

James Booth, Philip Larkin : the poet's plight (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

James Booth, Philip Larkin : writer (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester, 1992)

Laurence Lerner, Philip Larkin (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2005)

Blake Morrison, The Movement : English poetry and fiction of the 1950s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980).

Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin (London: Methuen, 1982). Laidlaw High Demand

_______ Philip Larkin : a writer's life (London, Faber, 1993).

T. Osborne ‘Polarities of Englishness: Larkin, Hughes and National Culture’ Critical quarterly. 48:1 pp.43-67

Stephen Regan (ed.), Philip Larkin, Basingstoke: Macmillan New Casebooks, 1997. Laidlaw High Demand

M.W. Rowe Philip Larkin [electronic resource] : art and self : five studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Gillian Steinberg, Philip Larkin and his audiences [electronic resource] (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Andrew Swarbrick, Out of reach : the poetry of Philip Larkin (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1995).

T. Tolley, My proper ground : a study of the work of Philip Larkin and its development (Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 1991).

Anthony Thwaite (ed) Selected letters of Philip Larkin 1940-1985 (London: Faber and Faber, 1992)

Derek Walcott, ‘Philip Larkin’ in What the twilight says : essays (London: Faber 1998), pp pp.153-75. Laidlaw High Demand

Terry Whalen, Philip Larkin and English poetry (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1986).

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Joe Orton, Entertaining Mr Sloane

C.W E. Bigsby, Joe Orton (London: Methuen, 1982).

Maurice Charney, Joe Orton (London: Macmillan 1984).

Francesca Coppa, Joe Orton : a casebook (New York: Routledge, 2002)

Francesca Coppa, ‘A Perfectly Developed Playwright: Joe Orton and Homosexual Reform’ in The queer sixties, ed. Patricia Juliana Smith (Routledge: New York & London 1999) pp. 87-104.

Martin Esslin, “Joe Orton: The Comedy of (Ill) Manners” in C.W.E. Bigsby and Malcolm Bradbury (eds) Contemporary English drama (New York,: Holmes and Meier, 1981), pp. 95-107. Laidlaw High Demand

John Lahr, Prick up your ears : the biography of Joe Orton (Harmondsworth: Penguin,1980).

_______ The Orton diaries : including the correspondence of Edna Welthorpe and others (London: Methuen, 1986).

Simon Shepherd, Because we're queers : the life and crimes of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton (London: GMP 1989).

Alan Sinfield, ‘Who Was Afraid of Joe Orton? ’, Textual practice., Summer 4 (2), 1990, pp. 259-277.  Laidlaw High Demand

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Ian McEwan, First Love, Last Rites

Peter Childs (ed) The fiction of Ian McEwan (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Sebastian Groes (ed), Ian McEwan (London: Bloomsbury, 2013)

Dominic Head Ian McEwan (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

David Malcolm, Understanding Ian McEwan (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001)

Kiernan Ryan, Ian McEwan (Plymouth: Northcote House, 1994)

Lynn Wells Ian McEwan (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

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Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus

Joseph Bristow & Trev Lynn Broughton (eds), The infernal desires of Angela Carter : fiction, femininity, feminism (London: Longman, 1997).

Christina Britzolakis, ‘Angela Carter’s Fetishism’, Textual practice 9 (3), 1995, pp. 459-75. (Laidlaw High Demand)

Angela Carter Shaking a leg : journalism and writings ed. Joan Smith (London: Vintage, 1998)

Angela Carter Nothing sacred : selected writings (London: Virago, 1993)

Angela Carter Expletives deleted : selected writings (London: Vintage, 1993

Angela Carter ‘ Notes from the front line ’  (Laidlaw High Demand)

Aidan Day, Angela Carter : the rational glass (Manchester: MUP, 1998).

Alison Easton (ed.), Angela Carter (Basingstoke: Macmillan 2000).

Anne Fernihough, “Is She Fact or Is She Fiction? Angela Carter and the Enigma of Woman” Textual practice 1997 11:1 89-107 (Laidlaw High Demand)

Sarah Gamble, Angela Carter : writing from the front line (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1997).

Alison Lee, ‘De/En-Gendering Narrative’ in Ambiguous discourse : feminist narratology and British women writers, ed. by Kathy Mezei (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press 1996). Laidlaw High Demand

Michael Magali, “Angela Carter’s Nights at the Circus: An Engaged Feminism via Subversive Postmodern Strategies” Contemporary literature. 1994 35:3 492-521

Linden Peach, Angela Carter (London: Macmillan, 1998).

Lorna Sage, Angela Carter (Plymouth: Northcote House, 1994).

_______ (ed.), Flesh and the mirror : essays on the art of Angela Carter (London: Virago, 1994).

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Jackie Kay, Trumpet

Linda Anderson, “Autobiographical Travesties: The Nostalgic Self in Queer Writing” pp68-81 in David Alderson and Linda Anderson (eds) Territories of desire in queer culture : refiguring contemporary boundaries Manchester: MUP 2000 (LaidlawHigh Demand)

Richard Dyer, ‘Jackie Kay’ in Nasta, Susheila (ed) Writing across worlds : contemporary writers talk (London: Routledge 2004), pp. 237-49. (Laidlaw High Demand)

Nancy Gish, ‘Adoption, Identity and Voice: Jackie Kay’s Inventions of Self’ in Marianne Novy, Imagining adoption: essays on literature and culture. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan 2004), pp. 171-91 (Laidlaw High Demand)

CR Gonzalez, ‘Biographical Improvisation in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet’ Scottish studies review. 8:1 pp.88-100

Judith Halberstam, “Telling Tales: Brandon Teena, Billy Tipton and transgender autobiography ” pp13-37 in Maria-Carla Sanchez and Linda Schlossberg Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion New York, New York UP 2001 (Laidlaw High Demand)

Tracy Hargreaves, ‘The Power of the Ordinary Subversive in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet’ Feminist review. 74 2003 pp3-16

Jeanette King, “A Woman’s a Man For A’ That: Jackie Kay’s Trumpet” Scottish studies review. Spring 2 (1) 101-108 2001 (Laidlaw High Demand)

Alison Lumsden “ Jackie Kay's poetry and prose : constructing identity ” pp75-91 in Aileen Christiansen and Alison Lumsden (eds) Contemporary Scottish Writers Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP 2000 (Laidlaw High Demand)

Sarah McClellan, ‘The nation of mother and child in the work of Jackie Kay.’ Obsidian III : literature in the African diaspora. III (6:1) 2005, pp. 114-27

Jay Prosser, Second skins : the body narratives of transsexuality (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998).

Irene Rose, ‘Heralding New Possibilities: Female Masculinity in Jackie Kay’s Trumpet’ in Lea, Daniel and Berthold Schoene (eds) Posting the male : masculinities in post-war and contemporary British literature (Amsterdam: Rodopi 2003), pp. 141-57. (Laidlaw High Demand)

Patrick Williams, ‘Significant Corporeality: Bodies and Identities in Jackie Kay’s Fiction’ in Sesay, Kaija (ed) Write black, write British : from post colonial to black British literature (Hertford: Hansib), pp. 41-55.

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Eavan Boland, Collected Poems

[NB: See Colby Quarterly. Vol xxxv (4), 1999—a special volume dedicated to Boland and available in Laidlaw High Demand

Eavan Boland, ‘The Woman Poet and Her Dilemma’, Stand. (Winter 1986) pp. 43-49.

_______ Object lessons : the life of the woman and the poet in our time (London: Vintage, 1996).

Catriona Clutterbuck, ‘Irish Women’s Poetry and the Republic of Ireland’ in Writing in the Irish Republic : literature, culture, politics, 1949-99, ed. by Ray Ryan (Basingstoke: Macmillan 2000) pp 17-43.

Peter Denman, ‘Ways of Saying: Boland, Carson, McGuckian’ in Poetry in contemporary Irish literature, ed. by Michael Kenneally (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1995) pp 158-173.

Elisabeth Mahoney, ‘Citizens of its hiding place: Gender and urban space in Irish women’s poetry’ in Ireland in proximity : history, gender, space ed. by Scott Brewster et al (London: Routledge, 1999), pp. 145-56.

Steven Matthews, Irish poetry : politics, history, negotiation : the evolving debate, 1969-present. (Basingstoke: Macmillan 1997). See especially Chapter 1: ‘Introduction: Making History? ’ pp. 1-44 available on Laidlaw High Demand

Jan Montefiore, Feminism and poetry : language, experience, identity in women's writing (London: Pandora, 1994).

Sarah Maguire, ‘Dilemmas and Developments: Eavan Boland Re-examined’, Feminist review., 62, pp. 58-66.

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Caryl Philips, A Distant Shore

Stephen Clingman, ‘Other Voices: An Interview with Caryl Philips’ Salmagundi. Summer 2004 pp.112-140

Lars Eckstein, Re-membering the Black Atlantic : on the poetics and politics of literary memory (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006)

Bénédicte Ledent, (ed.) Familial & other conversations : special issue on Caryl Phillips Moving Worlds 7:1 2007 Special Issue on Caryl Phillips

Bénédicte Ledent Caryl Phillips (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002)

Rene Schatteman Conversations with Caryl Phillips (Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2009)

Helen Thomas Caryl Phillips (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2006)

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Sarah Kane, Blasted

[NB: A collection of theatre reviews for Blasted are available in the Laidlaw high demand section: Sarah Kane theatre reviews. Article K0024]

Peter Buse, ‘Trauma and Testimony in Blasted: Kane with Felman’ in Drama + theory : critical approaches to modern British drama (Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2001), pp. 172-190.

Alyson Campbell ‘Experiencing Kane: An Affective Analysis of Sarah Kane’s ‘Experiential’ Theatre in Performance’ Australasian Drama Studies 46: 2005 pp.80-98

Karoline Gritzner, ‘(Post)modern subjectivity and the new expressionism: Howard Barker, Sarah Kane and Forced Entertainment’ Contemporary theatre review. 18:3 pp.328-340

Helen Iball, Sarah Kane's Blasted (London: Continumm, 2008)

Elizabeth Kuti, ‘Tragic Plots from Bootle to Baghdad’ Contemporary Theatre Review 18:4 2008 pp.457-469

Aleks Sierz,‘Sarah Kane’ in In-yer-face theatre : British drama today (London: Faber and Faber, 2001), pp 90-121.

Graham Saunders, Love me or kill me : Sarah Kane and the theatre of extremes (Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2002).

Ken Urban, ‘Towards a Theory of Cool Brittannia: Coolness, Cruelty and the ‘nineties.’ New Theatre Quarterly. 20 November 2004 pp.354-372

**The Guardian Unlimited also has an archive page on the web: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive

Just type ‘Sarah Kane’ into the relevant box and you will find numerous references to her.**

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Ali Smith, There But For The

Joel Evans, ‘Ali Smith’s necessary-contingent, or navigating the global’, Textual practice. ISSN: 0950-236x http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0950236X.2016.1256345


Ben Davies, ‘The Complexities of Dwelling in Ali Smith’s There but for the’ in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2017.1318820


Monica Germana, Emily Horton, ed., Ali Smith : contemporary critical perspectives ISBN: 9781441105189 (pbk.); 1441105182 (pbk.); 9781441157607 (hardcover); 1441157603 (hardcover) London: Bloomsbury, 2013


Tory Young, ‘Love and the Imagination Are Not Gendered Things’: An Interview with Ali Smith Contemporary women's writing ISSN: 1754-1476 9:1 (2015), 131-148 

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Online Course Readings

All of the Online Course Readings for this module are available in the Learning Resources area of the ENGL3014 module. (Following these links from within the VLE will take you back to the homepage, so go to the 'Learning Resources' area to access them.)

Matthews, Steven, (1997) "Irish poetry : politics, history, negotiation : the evolving debate, 1969-present." from Steven, Irish poetry : politics, history, negotiation : the evolving debate, 1969-present. pp.1-44, Macmillan Available as an Online Course Reading through the VLE.

Esslin., Martin, (1981) "Joe Orton: the comedy of (ill) manners" from Bigsby, C. W. E, Contemporary English drama pp.95-107, Edward Arnold Ltd Available as an Online Course Reading through the VLE.

Denman, Peter, (1995) "Ways of saying Boland, Carson, McGuckian" from Kenneally, Michael (ed.), Poetry in contemporary Irish literature pp.158-173, Colin Smythe Ltd Available as an Online Course Reading through the VLE.

Sinfield, Alan, (1996) "Who was afraid of Joe Orton? " from Textual Practice 4 (2) pp.259-277, Methuen Publishing Ltd Available as an Online Course Reading through the VLE.

Britzolakis, Christina, (1995) "Angela Carter's fetishism" from Textual Practice 9 (3) pp.459-475, Methuen Publishing Ltd Available as an Online Course Reading through the VLE.

This list was last updated on 10/01/2018