Reading

This is the course reading for the taught element of Stephanie’s M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Literature:

Time i

  • Introduction: Jhumpa Lahiri, “When Mr Pirzada Came to Dine”, Interpreter of Maladies (2000)
  • Migration, New York and 9/11: Joseph O’Neill, Netherland (2008)
  • The Short Space: Jean Rhys, “Trio”;  Sam Selvon, “My Girl and the City”; Salman Rushdie, “Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies” and “At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers
  • Migrant Cities: Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)
  • Maximum City: Stephen Frears (dir.), Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
  • What is Time?: A summary of Zeno’s paradox; An extract from Aristotle’s Physics (c.350BCE); Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution, 1907, trans Arthur Mitchell (London: Macmillan, 1914); A short, 3-minute, film: 20,000 Employees Entering Lord Armstrong’s Elswick Works (1900)
  • The Representability of Time I: Mary Ann Doane, The Emergence of Cinematic Time (Harvard UP, 2002), Chapter 1: The Representability of Time.
  • The Representability of Time II: Charles Dickens, ‘The Story of the Bagman’s Uncle’, Sept 1837, The Pickwick Papers, ed. Mark Wormald (London Penguin 2003), 644-59; H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, 1895 (Penguin, 2005)
  • The Representability of Time III: Robert Heinlein, ‘By His Boostraps’, October 1941, The Menace from Earth, 1959, The Green Hills Of Earth & The Menace From Earth (Riverdale, N.Y., Baen Books, 2010). 337-412;  Ward Moore, Bring the Jubilee, 1952 (London: Gollancz, 2001)
  • The Representability of Time IV: David Gerrold, The Man Who Folded Himself, 1973/2002, 2nd ed. (Benbella Books, 2003)
  • The Representability of Time V: Stephen King, Four Past Midnight, 1990 (Hodder, 2008): just ‘The Langoliers’

Time ii

  •  Introduction: Fredric Jameson, ‘Postmodernism or The Logic of Late  Capitalism,’ New Left Review (1984); Extracts from Gilles Deleuze and Félix  Guattari, Toward a Minor Literature (1986)
  •  Time and History: Alasdair Gray, Poor Things (1992)
  •  Time and Order: Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths (1962)
  •  Everyday Time: Frank O’Hara, Lunch Poems (1964)
  •  Time and Writing: Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook (1986)
  •  Time and Memory: Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow (1991)
  •  Multidirectional Time: Caryl Phillips,  The Nature of Blood (1997)
  •  Time and Temporality: Nadifa Mohamed, The Orchard of Lost Souls (2013)
  •  Time and the Biopolitic: Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (2005)
  •  Time Travel: Bernardine Evaristo, Soul Tourists (2005)
  •  Time’s Unreliability: Julian Barnes,  The Sense of an Ending (2011)
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Space i

  • Space(s) of the Body: Extracts from Elizabeth Grosz and Maurice Merlau-Ponty
  • Embodiment, Desire and Space: Extracts from Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Havelock Ellis
  • Desire and the Other: Richard Marsh, The Beetle
  • Desire and the Nation: Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Desire and Pleasure: Elinor Glyn, Three Weeks (1907); Elizabeth Grosz, Volatile Bodies (Chapter Four)
  • Desire and Space: E.M. Hull, The Sheik
  • Art, Expression, Landscape: Ernest Hemmingway: Selected stories from In Our Time (1926).
  • On the Road: Jack Kerouac, On the Road
  • Off Road: James Dickey, Deliverance
  • Ritual and Return: Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony
  • The End of the Road – Place or Process?: Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Space ii

  • Introductory: Owen Hatherley, Militant Modernism (2008)
  • Late-Modern Cities Pt. 1: Alasdair Gray, Lanark (1981)
  • Late-Modern Cities Pt. 2: Patrick Keiller (dir.), London (1994)
  • Poetry and Place Pt. 1: Charles Olson, ‘Projective Verse’ (1950), ‘La Préface’ (1946), extracts from The Maximus Poems (1950-1969)
  • Poetry and Place Pt. 2: Basil Bunting, Briggflatts (1966)
  • Poetry and Place Pt. 3: Barry MacSweeney, Pearl (1995) and Tom Pickard, ‘Lark and Merlin’ (2010)
  • Introduction: Selected extracts from the following: Baedeker Handbooks for Travellers; Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1983); Andrew Thacker, Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism (Manchester: MUP, 2003)
  • Spaces of Movement: Arnold Bennett, The Grand Babylon Hotel (1902); Andrew Thacker, ‘The Idea of a Critical Literary Geography’, New Formations, 57 (2005)
  • Destinations: Gertrude Bell, Persian Pictures (1894); ‘The Talisman, or the Wiles of Women’ (unpublished short story, c.1892-3); Selected letters (1892); Selected extracts from Edward Lane’s The Thousand and One Nights, Vol. I (1859)
  • Modes of Movement: Elizabeth Bowen, To the North (1932)
  • Class Stagnation – Class Mobility: Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight (1939); Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, trans. by Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999).
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