Contemporary English Literature

Academic year
Subject Area
Literature-Anglo-American Studies
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Advanced reading skills in English. Students must be able to read primary and secondary texts in English.

Teaching Methods

Some expository classes but more often class discussion of primary and secondary texts.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

•          Be introduced to some of the most important English  writing of the last hundred years and to its key concerns and themes;

•          Acquire an understanding of the historical and cultural context of English writing and of how that context has impacted on literary production;

•          Develop their skills as close readers and, at a more general theoretical or methodological level, acquire useful theoretical and analytical tools that will prepare them to undertake further study in this area.

Work Placement(s)



The course traces the evolution of English literature from Modernism to the post and neo-Modernism through an examination of the some of the most significant writing in verse and prose of the epoch.  years. This evolution is seen as corresponding to larger political, social and economic changes Britain has experienced in the last century (notable the the impact of two World Wars and the loss of Empire). Particular attention will be paid to importance of formal innovation and experimentation and to the emergence into the literary domain of new voices and modes of writing. Among the writers studied will be: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, W.H. Auden, Jean Rhys, Angela Carter e Hanif Kureishi. Subject to change from edition to edition

Head Lecturer(s)

Susana Isabel Arsénio Nunes Costa Araújo

Assessment Methods

Periodic Assessment
Mini Tests: 40.0%
Synthesis work: 60.0%

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%


Falci, E. (ed.) (2015). The Cambridge Introduction to British Poetry 1945-2010. Cambridge University Press.

Greenblatt, S. (ed.) (2018). The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors  (10th ed., Vol. E). W.W. Norton & Company

Hynes, Samuel (1979). The Auden Generation: Literature and Politics in England in the 1930s. London: Faber and Faber.

North, Michael (1999). Reading 1922: A Return to the Scene of the Modern. New York and Oxford: Oxford UP.

Rainey, Lawrence (ed.) (2005). Modernism: An Anthology. Oxford: Willey-Blackwell.


A bibliografia específica pode variar de edição para edição / Specific references may change from edition to edition