Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain (Q3307)

30 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module will examine how literature and other cultural products (the visual arts, film, and architecture, for instance) responded to the immense transformations of the post-war period. Indicative topics include: how writers and artists reflected on the violence of the Second World War and the ongoing threat of nuclear war and totalitarian domination; the establishment of the welfare state (including the postwar university); responses to decolonization and immigration; ideas about motherhood and masculinity, class and Communism, youth subcultures and the influence of America.

The module will examine literature’s engagement with politics, philosophy, psychoanalysis and popular culture, and will also explore the complex legacies of modernism. While this is a historical module, students will be encouraged to reflect on how the debates of the post-war period bear upon contemporary political and cultural discussions.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 260 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.