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: 

Space and time in the contemporary novel
Postcolonial literature
Feminist theory and feminist literature
Nabokov and narrative
The South Asian novel in English and postcolonial theory
Literature and environmentalism
Trauma and literature
Coetzee and language
World literature and theories of globalisation

Convenor: Dr Eric Strand, email: Eric.Strand@uct.ac.za Abdulrazak Gurnah Level: Third-year, second-semester course, 2 lectures, 1 double-period seminar per week, 2 points
Entrance requirements: Any two second-year ELL courses or ELL3005F (Modernism) or the approval of the Head of Department.
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, 2014

"Invisible Man" Ralph Elison
"Lolita" Vladimir Nabokov
"The Crying of Lot 49" Thomas Pynchon
"Lucy" Jamaica Kincaid
"By the Sea" Abdulrazak Gurnah

View Course timetable

ELL3009S SEMINAR SERIES, 2014 - please follow the updates on Vula


Click on the title for seminar outlines…

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 Creative Writing I Coovadia Wed 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.5 Queer Theory and Contemporary Writing D Higginbotham Wed, Thu 14:00-14:45
ELL3009S.6 The "New Diaspora" in Contemporary African Fiction C Ouma Thu 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.7 Neoliberalism and the Conquest of Cool E Strand Mon, Tue 12:00-12:45
ELL3009S.8 Neoliberalism and the Conquest of Cool E Strand TBA
ELL3009S.9 Coetzee's Latest Fiction C Clarkson Wed, Thu 12:00-12:45
ELL3009S.10 Coetzee's Latest Fiction C Clarkson Thu 14:00-15:45 (double)
ELL3009S.11 Money! J Higgins Wed, Thu 12:00-12:45
ELL3009S.12 Money! J Higgins Thu 14:00-15:45 (double)