From Empire to Brexit: British Literature 1900-present


Course Objective

Students become acquainted with the major developments and a number of
key texts in British literature from 1900 to the present, with a
particular focus on how literature can be seen as reflecting historical
developments in terms of literary styles and themes.

Course Content

This course tracks the history of British literature chronologically,
from the First World War and the height of the British Empire to the
multicultural voices from contemporary Britain. It seeks to understand
how authors reflect on the trials and tribulations of the twentieth
century, when Britain stops being a daunting world power with colonies
around the globe and needs to adjust to a more humble role. We examine
relevant cultural and literary contexts, including modernism,
postmodernism, and postcolonialism against their respective historical

Teaching Methods

Period 5 and 6: seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Final essay (60%), presentation (30%), and participation (10%). In order
to pass the course, students must receive a 5.0 or higher on the final
essay. The weighted average of all components must be 5.5 or higher.
There is one resit possibility for the final essay.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and
Society” and “Genre and Literary Analysis.”


To be announced in the course syllabus, which will be posted on Canvas.

Target Audience

This module is part of the Bachelor’s program English Literature &

Additional Information

The level of English in this course is high. This is a discussion-based
course, so attendance is compulsory. If you are absent at more than 20%
of the course meetings, you cannot pass the course. Exceptions may be
made in grave personal circumstances. Make sure to inform both your
lecturer and the academic advisor in such cases.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the preferred seminar group, and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (iii) the exam, but not for (ii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALES214
Credits 6 EC
Period P5+6
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator F. Camps MA
Examiner prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Teaching Staff F. Camps MA

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Practical, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

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