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Module Reading List

Contemporary World Literature, 2019/20, Semester 1, 2
Dr Sarah Hudspith
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Primary Reading (in order of study)

Semester One: 

Murakami, Haruki, ‘TV People’, trans. Jay Rubin, in The Elephant Vanishes, London: Vintage, 2003, pp.195–216   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Murakami, Haruki, Kafka on the Shore, trans. Philip Gabriel, London: Portobello Books, 2015.  

Tolstaya, Tatiana, The slynx ISBN: 9781590171967 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1590171969 (pbk. : alk. paper), trans. Jamey Gambrell, New York: New York Review Books, 2007.  

Han, Kang, The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. Deborah Smith, London: Portobello Books, 2015.  

 Semester Two: 

Ferrante, Elena, The story of the lost child ISBN: 9781609452865 (softcover); 1609452860 (softcover), trans. Ann Goldstein, London: Europa Editions, 2015.  

Tellado, Corín, Thursdays with Leila ISBN: 9781781882443 (pbk.) trans. Duncan Wheeler, Cambridge: MHRA, 2015.  

Zeh, Juli, The method ISBN: 9780099551768 (pbk.) : 9; 0099551764 (pbk.) : 9, trans. Sally-Ann Spencer, London: Vintage, 2012.  

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Required secondary reading

Week 1

Tim Parks, ‘The Dull New Global Novel’, The New York Review of Books, 9 February 2010,



Week 2

The Editors, ‘World Lite: What is Global Literature’, n+1, Issue 17, 2010:

Auestad, Reiko Abe. "Implications of Globalization for the Reception of Modern Japanese Literature: Murakami Haruki." In The Global Literary Field, edited by Anna Guttman, Michel Hockx and George Paizis, 22-40. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006  OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Week 3

'Magical Realism’ and ‘The Uncanny’ in The Oxford Dictionary of Critical Theory (online version available through the library)

‘A Brief Overview of Tzvetan Todorov’s Theory of the Fantastic’

Week 4

 Auestad, Reiko Abe. ‘The Problematic of Border-crossing in Kafka on the Shore: Between Metaphor and Reality,’ Essays in Honour of Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit on the Occasion of her 60th Birthday. Iudicium Verlag 2008.

Yeung, V. ‘Time and Timelessness: A Study of Narrative structure in Murakami Haruki's Kafka on the Shore’. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 49(1), 2016.



Weeks 5, 6 and 8


Goscilo, Helena, ‘Dystopian Dreams’, The Women's Review of Books ISSN: 0738-1433, 20: 8 (2003), 10-11.

 Latynina, Alla, ‘There’s your spiritual renaissance for you: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 66-71,

 Os’mukhina, Ol’ga, ‘Literature as technique’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 48: 4 (2012), 7-17.


Han Kang

Week 10

Han, Kang, ‘The Fruit of my Woman’, translated by Deborah Smith, Granta. ISSN: 0017-3231 133 (2016)

Week 11

Boyd Tonkin, ‘Labours of Love’, Wasafiri. ISSN: 0269-0055 32: 1 (2017), 6–10

Wook-Dong Kim, ‘The “Creative” English Translation of The Vegetarian by Han Kang’, Translation review. ISSN: 0737-4836 1, 100: 1 (2018), 65–80



Week 15

Molly Fischer, 'Elena Ferrante and the force of female friendship', The New Yorker. ISSN: 0028-792X, 4 September 2014,

James Wood, 'Women on the Verge. The fiction of Elena Ferrante', The New Yorker, 21 January 2013,

'Women Who Write', in Ferrante, Elena, Frantumaglia : a writer's journey , translated by Ann Goldstein, New York: Europa Editions, 2016, pp. 258-290.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

Week 16

Ann Mah, 'Elena Ferrante’s Naples, Then and Now', The New York Times, 14 January 2016,

Elena Ferrante, 'Our Fetid City', The New York Times, 15 January 2008,

Jillian R. Cavanaugh, 'Indexicalities of Language in Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Dialect and Italian as Markers of Social Value and Difference', in The works of Elena Ferrante : reconfiguring the margins , ed by Grace Russo Bullaro e Stephanie Love (New York: Palgrave Mcmillan, 2016)    

'Language versus dialect, or why we're obsessed with Elena Ferrante', The World in Words, Public Radio International (PRI), Boston USA, 7 April 2017:

Week 17

 'Ties that bind. A four-volume feminist novel from Naples has become an unlikely global hit', The economist. , 27 August 2015,

 Mona Simpson, 'Elena Ferrante Writes Fiction That Feels Autobiographical. But Who Is She?', New republic. 10 October 2014,

 Katrin Wehling-Giorgi, 'Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels: Writing Liminality', Allegoria. , 73 (2016), pp.204-210. - Available online: OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017)   

Elizabeth Lowry 'Friends and Other Enemies', Wall Street Journal, 21 November 2015



Week 18

Jones, Sam. ‘It’s all for love as Spain’s Barbara Cartland finally gets a chance to woo British readers’, The Observer, 6 November 2016, available at

Delgado, Maria M. ‘What are you reading: Corín Tellado’, Times Higher Education, 16 March 2017: available at

O’Byrne, Patricia. ‘Popular Fiction in Post-War Spain: The Smoothing, Subversive Novela Rosa’, Journal of Romance Studies 8.2 (2008): 37-57.

Week 19

Introduction (Wheeler and Holmes) and prologue (Mario Vargas Llosa) to Thursdays with Leila

Week 20

Labanyi, Jo. ‘Introduction: Engaging with Ghosts, or Theorizing Culture in Modern Spain’, in Constructing identity in contemporary Spain : theoretical debates and cultural practice ISBN: 0198159943 (pbk. ; cased) : £15.99; 0198159935, ed. by Jo Labanyi, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.   OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 09/10/2019) 

 Wheeler, Duncan. ‘Raphael and Spanish Popular Song: A Master Entertainer and/or Music for Maids’, Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 16: 11-30. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 02/11/2017) 



Week 21

Carrie Smith-Prei, ‘Relevant Utopian Realism: The Critical Corporeality of Juli Zeh's Corpus Delicti’, Seminar : a journal of Germanic studies. ISSN: 0037-1939; 1911-026X 48.1 (February 2012), pp.107-123

Week 22

Sarah Koellner, Data, Love, and Bodies: The Value of Privacy in Juli Zeh’s Corpus Delicti, Seminar : a journal of Germanic studies, 52.4 (November 2016), pp. 407-425 

Week 23

Virginia McCalmont and Waltraud Maierhofer, 'Juli Zeh's "Corpus Delicti" (2009): Health Care, Terrorists, and the Return of the Political Message', Monatshefte. ISSN: 0026-9271, 104.3 (Fall 2012), pp. 375-392


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General scholarship on world/global/comparative literature

Beecroft, Alexander, An Ecology of World Literature, London: Verso, 2015.

Hutchinson, Ben, Comparative Literature: a Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.    

Walkowitz, Rebecca, Born Translated: The Contemporary Novel in an Age of World Literature, New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.

Warwick Research Collective (WReC), Combined and Uneven Development: Towards a New Theory of World-Literature, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015.


Bowers, Maggie Ann. Magic(al) Realism. London: Routledge, 2004.

Clerici, Nathen. ‘History, "Subcultural Imagination," and the Enduring Appeal of Murakami Haruki.’ Journal Of Japanese Studies 42, no. 2, 2016: pp. 247-278.

Karatani Kojin. ‘The Landscape of Murakami Haruki: Pinball in the Year 1973’, in History and Repetition, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012, pp.117-150.

Marling, W. Gatekeepers: The Emergence of World Literature and the 1960s (First ed.). US: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Nihei, Chikako. ‘The Productivity of a Space In-between: Murakami Haruki as a Translator.’ Japanese Studies 36, no. 3, 2016: pp. 383-397.

Orgad, Yariv. ‘On wabi sabi and the aesthetics of family secrets: Reading Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore.’ Culture & Psychology 23, no. 1, 2017: pp. 52-73.


Borenstein, Eliot, ‘Dystopias and catastrophe tales after Chernobyl’, in Evgeny Dobrenko and Mark Lipovetsky, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, 86-103.

Clowes, Edith, ‘Deconstructing Imperial Moscow’, in Russia on the edge : imagined geographies and post-Soviet identity ISBN: 9780801477256 (pbk.) : £16.50; 9780801448560 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801448565 (hbk.) : £42.95; 0801477255 (pbk.) : £16.50, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011, 19-42.

Dobrenko, Evgeny and Lipovetsky, Mark, eds, Russian literature since 1991 ISBN: 9781107068513 (hb : alk. paper), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

Goscilo, Helena, The explosive world of Tatyana N. Tolstaya's fiction ISBN: 156324859X (pbk. : alk. paper ; c : alk. paper); 1563248581, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1996 [NB: written before The Slynx was published, but helpful in understanding Tolstaya’s technique.]

Griffiths, Mark, ‘Moscow after the Apocalypse’, Slavic review. ISSN: 0037-6779 72: 3 (Fall 2013), 481-504,

 Ivanova, Natal’ia, ‘Grind the peacack into burkers: on Tatyana Tolstaya’s The Slynx’, Russian studies in literature ISSN: 1061-1975, 39: 4 (2003), 72-77.

Lipovetsky, Mark, Russian postmodernist fiction : dialogue with chaos ISBN: 076560177X (p : alk. paper); 0765601761, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1999.


Han Kang

For those interested in the question of translation see:

Han, Kang, ‘Excerpt from The vegetarian : a novel ISBN: 9781846276033 (pbk.) : £7.99, trans. by Janet Hong, Azaelia, 3 (2010), 117–134 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (hew 23/11/2017) 

Armistead, Claire, ‘Lost in (mis)translation? English take on Korean novel has critics up in arms’, Guardian, 15 January 2018

Calleja, Jen, ‘Verfreundungseffekt: A Question Of Humanity – Han Kang & An Interview With Deborah Smith’, The Quietus, 6 March 2016

Yun, Charse, ‘You say Melon, I say Lemon: Deborah Smith’s Flawed yet Remarkable Translation of The Vegetarian’, Korea Expose, 2 July 2017

For those wanting to read more of Han Kang's publications see:

Han, Kang, Human acts : a novel ISBN: 9781846275975 : £8.99 paperback, trans. by Deborah Smith (London: Portobello Press, 2016)
Han, Kang, The white book ISBN: 1846276950; 9781846276958 paperback; 9781846276309 electronic book, trans. by Deborah Smith (London: Granta, 2017)

For those wanting more on the Korean context see:

Cumings, Bruce, Korea's place in the sun : a modern history ISBN: 0393040119 (New York: Norton, 2005)

Heo, Uk, and Terence Roehrig, South Korea's rise : economic development, power and foreign relations ISBN: 9781107690530 £18.99 (pbk.); 9781107012509 £50.00 (hbk.); 9781139989619 (PDF ebook) : No price (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Kyungja Jung, Practicing feminism in South Korea : the women's movement against sexual violence ISBN: 9780415567275 (hardback); 0415567270 (hardback); 9781315887289 (ebook) (London: Routledge, 2014)

Lie, John, Han unbound : the political economy of South Korea ISBN: 0804740151 (cloth : alk. paper); 0804730555 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998)

For further resources on Korea (gender, economics, history, etc.) visit the Korean Studies Portal <>



Diana Tortorici, 'Those Like Us: On Elena Ferrante', n + 1, Issue 22,

Ferrante, Elena, Frantumaglia : a writer's journey ISBN: 9781609454326 (pbk.) : £11.99, translated by Ann Goldstein, New York: Europa Editions, 2016



Holmes, Diana. Romance and readership in twentieth century France : love stories Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 

Radway, Janice. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.



Henk de Berg, Mia gegen den Rest der Welt. Zu Juli Zehs Corpus Delicti, in: Kalina Kupczynska and Artur Pelka (eds.), Repräsentationen des ethischen : festschrift für Joanna Jablkowska ISBN: 9783631627136, Wuerzburg: K&N 2013 - IN GERMAN!

Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man, London: Routledge 2012


This list was last updated on 17/09/2019