HS 810: A Survey of Modern and Post-Modern Literatures

This course examines the conceptual framework of modernity and post-modernity. Issues such as Darwinism, Freudianism, Marxism, Colonization and Post-colonialism, will be discussed. Creative original texts from the dramatic, poetic and narrative forms of literature will be studied so as to examine the links between modern and post-modern literatures. Examples from western and post-colonial cultures will be discussed. The course will provide an overview of this vast field and also focus on the distinctive achievements of each form/genre and its significance in understanding broader cultural issues of our times.  


Ashcroft, B., G. Griffiths, H. Tiffins. The Empire Writes Back. Routledge, London, 1980.  

Borges, J. L. Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. Ed. A. Yeates,  & J. E. Irby, Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1970. 

Cox, C. B. and A. E. Dyson (eds.) The Twentieth-Century Mind. 3 Volumes. OUP, London, 1972. 

Gassner, John (ed) A Treasury of the Theatre: Modern European Drama from Henrik Ibsen to Jean-Paul Sartre. Volume Two. Simon & Schuster, N.Y., 1967. 

Levenson, M. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. CUP, Cambridge, 1999. 

Longley, Edna (ed) The Bloodaxe Book of 20th Century Poetry from Britain and Ireland. Bloodaxe Books, Northumberland, 2000. 

Schechner, Richard Performative Circumstances from the Avant Garde to Ramlila. Seagull, Calcutta, 1983. 

Waugh, Patricia (ed) Postmodernism: A Reader. Edward Arnold, London. , 1992.