This course is about literature and the questions it leads us to ask of our contemporary world. We study the literature of recent decades - literature from South Africa and abroad.  One of our aims is to keep students abreast of current developments and debates within our discipline, and hence the works we choose to discuss are mostly related to the research interests of the lecturers. The texts and theories up for discussion vary slightly from year to year, but here is a broad outline of authors and themes you can expect to encounter in this capstone course: 
Coetzee and language
Nabokov and narrative
Space and time in the contemporary novel
Postcolonial literature
Feminist theory and feminist literature
The South Asian novel in English and postcolonial theory
Literature and environmentalism
Trauma and literature
World literature and theories of globalisation

Convenor: Dr Eric Strand, email: Eric.Strand@uct.ac.za
Level: Third-year, second-semester course, 2 lectures, 1 double-period seminar per week, 2 points
Entrance requirements: Any two second-years ELL courses or at the discretion of the Head of Department and ELL3005F, Modernism.
Lecture times:  Monday, Tuesday 6th period. 
DP requirements:  All written work to be handed in and at least 75% attendance at seminars.
Assessment: Seminar classwork counts for 50% of the final mark; class test and one two-hour examination counts for the remaining 50%

Prescribed Texts, 2013

Author Title
Vladimir Nabokov Lolita
Ralph Elison Invisible Man
Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49
JM Coetzee Summertime
Jamaica Kincaid Lucy

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ELL3009S SEMINAR SERIES, 2013 - please follow the updates on Vula


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ELL3009S.1 Two Contemporary American Poets: Wilbur and Nemerov R Edgecombe Wed 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.2 Patrick White R Edgecombe Mon, Tue 12:00-12:45
ELL3009S.3   Contemporary (Post-Liberation) SA Poetry K Sole Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.4 Writing Workshop H Twidle Thu 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.5 Queer Theory and Contemporary Writing D Higginbotham Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.6 British Contemporary Fiction: Ian McEwan C Emmett Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.7 David Foster Wallace: Speaking Complexity D Joffe Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.8 Madness and Literature P Busetto Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.9 The "New Diaspora" in Contemporary African Fiction C Ouma Mon, Tue 12:00-12:45
ELL3009S.10 'An Island is a World': Caribbean Writing, Decolonization and the Postcolony V Collis-Buthelezi Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.11 Subjects at Sea: Sailors and Surfers M Samuelson Thu 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.12 Neoliberalism and the Conquest of Cool E Strand Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.13 Novel Possibilities D Powers Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45