Literature, Politics and Culture in Postwar Britain (Q3307)
30 credits, Level 5
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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English BA
- English (with a study abroad year) BA
- English BA
- English Language and Literature BA
- English and Art History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Art History BA
- English and Film Studies BA
- English and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and History BA
- English and Media Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Media Studies BA
- Philosophy and English BA