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Course Name English Fiction: Modern
Course Code 18ELL313
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Semester VI
Credits 4
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit 1

Introducing modem fiction-themes and concerns-movements-styles and techniques.

Unit 2

[All Non-Detailed]
Virginia Woolf – Orlando
James Joyce – The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Unit 3

[All Non-Detailed]
Aldous Huxley – Brave New World. 
Wilkie Collins – No Name.

Unit 4

[All Non-Detailed].
George Orwell – The Animal Farm.
Graham Greene – The Heart of the Matter.

Unit 5

[All Non-Detailed].
Kingsley Amis – Lucky Jim.
D. H. Lawrence – Sons and Lovers.


To expose the learners to the intricacies and complexities of modem fiction focusing on its themes and techniques; to enable them to evaluate modem social and cultural movements and appreciate changing literary tastes and fashions; to inspire them to read modem classics and thus re-sensitize themselves.

Core Reading

  1. Woolf, Virginia. Orlando. UK: OUP, 2015.
    Collins, Wilkie. No Name. Penguin Classics, 1995.
  2. Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. London: Chatto & Windus,1932.
  3. Orwell, George.The Animal Farm. London: Seeker & Warbufl 1,1945
  4. Joyce, James. The Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017
  5. Graham Greene. The Heart of the Matter.Penguin Classics, 2004.
  6. Kingsley Amis. Lucky Jim.NYRB Classics, 2012.
  7. Lawrence, D H. Sons and Lovers. Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Reprint edition, 1992.
  8. Online Sources.


  1. Beach, J.W,The Twentieth Century Novel, Studies in Technique. Ludhiana: Lyall,1960.
  2. Matz, Jesse. The Modern Novel: A Short Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.
  3. Caserio, Robert L. The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel (Cambridge Companions to Literature).UK: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition 2009.
  4. Fish, James. A Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction. London: Blackwell, 2006.
  5. Head, Dominic. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction. Cambridge: CUP, 2002.
  6. Bradbury, Malcolm. The Social Context of Modern English Literature. New York: Schocken, 1971.
  7. Levenson, Michael. Ed. The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. Cambridge: CUP, 2009.
  8. Tew, Philip. The Contemporary British Novel. London: Continuum, 2011.
  9. Waugh, Patricia. Ed. Revolutions of the Word: Intellectual Contexts for the Study of Modern Literature. London: Arnold, 1997.
  10. Schoene, Berthold. The Cosmopolitan Novel. Edinburgh: EUP, 2009.

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