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Module Reading List

Modern Fictions in English: Conflict, Liminality, Translation, 2021/22, Semester 1
Prof Michael G Brennan
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


(preferred editions)

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Penguin Classics, 2007 [1899/1902])

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Penguin Modern Classics, 2005 [1925])

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (Penguin Modern Classics, 2006 [1956])

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea (Penguin Modern Classics, 2000 [1966])

Alice Munro, Open secrets (Vintage, 1995 [1994])

Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (Vintage Classics, 1998 [1979]) 


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Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Achebe, Chinua, ‘An Image of Africa’, Research in African literatures., 9.1 (1978): 1–15. [Online course readings folder]

Brantlinger, Patrick, Rule of darkness : British literature and imperialism, 1830-1914 (London: Cornell University Press, 1988).

Conrad, Joseph, Preface to Nigger of the 'Narcissus' : a tale of the forecastle (London: Everyman, 1997 [1897]). Available as an online course reading in Minerva

Said, Edward, Introduction to Culture and Imperialism (London: Vintage, 1994). Available as an online course reading in Minerva

Smith, Johanna M., ‘“Too Beautiful Altogether”: Patriarchal Ideology in Heart of Darkness ’, in Heart of DarknessJoseph Conrad: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism, ed. by Ross C. Murfin (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1989), pp. 179–95.

Stape, J.H., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Joseph Conrad (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996). [ebook – see esp. chapters on Heart of Darkness, Conrad and Imperialism, and Conrad and Modernism]

NB: Conradiana, a journal focused specifically on Conrad’s work, is available digitally via the university library catalogue, and will prove to be an excellent resource.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Beuka, Robert, American icon : Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby in critical and cultural context (Columbia, S.C.: Camden House, 2011).

Bruccoli, Matthew J., ed., New essays on The great Gatsby (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985). [ebook]

Canterbury, E. Ray, ‘Thorstein Veblen and The Great Gatsby ’, Journal of economic issues., 33.2 (1999): 297–304. [accessible through JSTOR].

Gandal, Keith, The Gun and the pen [electronic resource] : Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the fiction of mobilization (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008). [ebook – see especially ch. 3 on The Great Gatsby ]

Prigozy, Ruth, ed., The Cambridge companion to F. Scott Fitzgerald [electronic resource] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002). [ebook]

Slater, Peter Gregg Slater, ‘Ethnicity in The Great Gatsby ’, Twentieth-century literature., 19.1 (1973): 53–62. [accessible through JSTOR]

Stallman, Robert Wooster, ‘Conrad and The Great Gatsby’, Twentieth-century literature, 1.1 (1955): 5–15. [accessible through JSTOR]

Will, Barbara, ‘ The Great Gatsby and the Obscene Word’, College literature., 32.4 (2005): 125–144. [accessible through Project Muse]

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Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

Bentley, Nick, ‘Form and Language in Sam Selvon’s The Lonely Londoners ’, Ariel, 36 (2005): 67–84. Available as an online course reading in Minerva

Lamming, George, ‘The Coldest Spring in Fifty Years: Thoughts on Sam Selvon and London’, Kunapipi, 20 (1998): 4–10. Available as an online course reading in Minerva

MacLeod, Lewis, ‘“You Have to Start Thinking All Over Again”: Masculinities, Narratology and New Approaches to Sam Selvon’, Ariel, 36 (2005): 157–81. Available as an online course reading in Minerva

McLeod, John, Postcolonial London : rewriting the metropolis (London and New York: Routledge, 2004).

Nasta, Susheila, ‘Setting Up Home in a City of Words: Sam Selvon’s London Novels’, in Tiger's triumph : celebrating Sam Selvon, ed. by Susheila Nasta and Anna Rutherford (Hebden Bridge: Dangaroo, 1995).

Procter, James, ‘The Articulation of Arrival in Early Postwar Caribbean Writing in Britain’, Moving worlds, 3.2 (2003): 110-118.

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Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea

Deena, Seodial Frank H., Situating Caribbean literature and criticism in multicultural and postcolonial studies (New York & Oxford: Peter Lang, 2008).

Gruesser, John Cullen, Confluences : postcolonialism, African American literary studies, and the Black Atlantic (London & Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2005).

Howells, Coral Ann, Jean Rhys (New York & London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991).

James, Louis, ‘Sun Fire - Painted Fire: Jean Rhys as a Caribbean Novelist’, Ariel, 8.3 (1977): 111–127. [accessible through the ARIEL archive:]

James, Selma, The ladies and the mammies : Jane Austen & Jean Rhys (Bristol: Falling Wall Press, 1983).

Ramchand, Kenneth. 'The Place of Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea' in in Jean Rhys,  Wide Sargasso Sea, ed. by Judith L. Raiskin (London: Norton, 1999), pp 181–187. 

Rody, Caroline, ‘Burning down the House: The Revisionary Paradigm of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea’, in Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, ed. by Judith L. Raiskin (London: Norton, 1999), pp 217–225. 

Savory, Elaine, Jean Rhys (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998). [ebook]

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty, ‘Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism’, Critical inquiry, 12.1 (1985): 243–261. [accessible through JSTOR]

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Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Bacchilega, Cristina, ‘Cracking the Mirror, Three Re-visions of “Snow White”’, Boundary 2, 15.3–16.1 (1988): 1–25. [accessible through JSTOR]

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

Makinen, Merja, ‘Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber” and the Decolonization of Feminine Sexuality’, Feminist review, 42 (1992): 2-15. [accessible through JSTOR]

Pitchford, Nicola, Tactical readings : feminist postmodernism in the novels of Kathy Acker and Angela Carter (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2002).

Roemer, Danielle M., and Bacchilega, Cristina, eds., Angela Carter and the fairy tale (Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2000).

Rubinson, Gregory J., The fiction of Rushdie, Barnes, Winterson, and Carter : breaking cultural and literary boundaries in the work of four postmodernists (London: McFarland, 2005).

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

Sheets, Robin Ann, ‘Pornography, Fairy Tales and Feminism: Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber”’, Journal of the history of sexuality, 1 (1991): 633–657. [accessible through JSTOR]

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Alice Munro, Open Secrets

Berndt, Katrin, ‘The Ordinary Terrors of Survival: Alice Munro and the Canadian Gothic’, Journal of the Short Story in English/Les Cahiers de la Nouvelle, 55 (2010): 19–35. [Available open access online. Also explore the special issue of this journal on ‘The Short Stories of Alice Munro’, in which this article appears; URL: ]

Carrington, Ildiko de Papp, ‘What’s in a Title? Alice Munro’s “Carried Away”’,  Studies in short fiction, 20.4 (1993): 55–64. [accessible through ProQuest]

Garson, Majorie, ‘Alice Munro and Charlotte Brontë’, The University of Toronto quarterly, 69.4 (2000): 783–825. Available as an online course reading in Minerva

Gittings, Chris, ‘Constructing a Scots-Canadian Ground: History and Cultural Translation in Alice Munro’, Studies in short fiction, 34.1 (1997): 27–37. [accessible through LION]

Heble, Ajay, The tumble of reason : Alice Munro's discourse of absence (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994).

Howells, Coral Ann, Alice Munro (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1998).

Kroller, Eva-Marie, ed., The Cambridge companion to Canadian literature [electronic resource] (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). [ebook; good for general context]

MacKendrick, Louis K., ed., Probable fictions : Alice Munro's narrative acts (Downsview, Ont.: ECW Press, 1983). [Written before Open Secrets but still a good introduction to Munro’s writing]

This list was last updated on 04/08/2021