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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.488 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Sarah Brouillette 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21L.488 Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    21L.488 Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now

    Spring 2007

    Aerial view, with Big Ben's tower in the center.
    Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey in London, England, United Kingdom. (Image courtesy of Kol Tregaskes.)

    Course Description

    What is Britain now? Its metropolises are increasingly multicultural. Its hold over its distant colonies is a thing of the past. Its sway within the global political arena is weak. Its command over Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland is broken or threatened. What have novelists made of all this? What are they writing as the old empire fades away and as new social and political formations emerge? These are the questions that will concern us in this course.

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    Sarah Brouillette, course materials for 21L.488 Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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