Contemporary Literature (Lecture Course)

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary Literature (Lecture Course)

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    English, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Section 1:
    This part of the course takes the Lady Chatterley?s Lover obscenity trial in 1960, in which Penguin were tried, and acquitted, under the Obscene Publications Act of 1959 as a starting point for a consideration of a selection of novels which have been banned, censored or proscribed by governments or religious groups.

    Primary texts:
    DH Lawrence, Lady Chatterley?s Lover
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
    Edna O?Brien, The Country Girls
    Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

    Section 2:

    This section of the course will feature the work of four novelists from the second half of the twentieth
    century who have been noted for the general distinctiveness of their writing styles and in particular for
    their experimentation with conventional literary language and narrative technique. How these works parody or subvert certain types of popular fiction, particularly detective fiction, will be a particular focus of interest. Stanley Kubrick's controversial film adaptation of Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, will be a secondary area of discussion.

    Primary Texts:
    Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)
    Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman (pub. 1966, written 1939-40)
    Muriel Spark, The Driver's Seat (1970)
    Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose (1983)

    Mid-term Assessment (20%) and End-Of-Semester Examination (80%)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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