Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University


2202441  British Fiction from the Twentieth Century to the Present


Puckpan Tipayamontri
Office: BRK 1106
Office Hours: M 1–3 and by appointment
Phone: 0 2218 4703


 ! Week Design: Instructions for your final paper and directory for ongoing projects are given on the Week Design information page. Your lesson link will be added to the page as receipt notification of your files.

! Final Exam441 final exam 

  • In Part I of the exam, your three choices should each come from a different decade.
  • The final exam is three hours long (Thursday, May 7, 1–4 p.m.) and has three parts, covering material in the latter half of the semester.
  • There is a grace period of five minutes after 4 p.m. for your response file to reach my inbox.
  • I'll be on standby throughout the exam so feel free to e-mail me should you have questions, etc.
  • I've received response files from the following:
    • Chollada
    • Intukorn
    • Narumol
    • Nathaporn
    • Niramit
    • Onjira
    • Panas
    • Panuwat
    • Pasit
    • Pattanun
    • Phitchayawi
    • Pichayapa
    • Piengfa
    • Puthita
    • Raiwin
    • Romrawin
    • Sasina
    • Sukapinya
    • Tanchita
    • Tanyamon

! Review Discussion: Review discussion and post follow-up or continued ideas, questions, and answers on the classcasts and reading selections at the respective session modules. These are linked to from our detailed schedule. Roundtable Conversation is another avenue for ongoing exchange.


! Inside the Times: Students prepare a seven-minute introduction to a British decade, using two types of channels as a way in: 1) Usual history or themes (like historical and cultural events or milestones, technological advances, fashion, music, art) and 2) Your recommended focus (an angle or topic you think of that is a perceptive and illuminating way to view and appreciate the decade such as top ten names for boys and girls, trash [the kind of waste generated and the amount], diseases, retirement destinations, political cartoons, teenage fad, you get the idea—options are as creative and insightful as your research and imagination!)

  • 1900s: Narumol
  • 1910s: Natthaporn
  • 1920s: Sasina
  • 1930s: Romrawin
  • 1940s: Pichayapa, Raiwin
  • 1950s: Piengfa, Tanchita
  • 1960s: Intukorn, Panuwat
  • 1970s: Phitchayawi, Chollada
  • 1980s: Onjira, Tanyamon
  • 1990s: Puthita, Sukapinya
  • 2000s: Pasit, Pattanun
  • 2010s: Niramit, Panas

! Course Reading:

  • The course packet is available for purchase from khun On at 09 2621 0992. Her shop is in front of the Faculty of Science Library, 2nd floor, Tab Building; hours: M–F 8–5.
  • You're welcome to acquire your own copies of the novels. In any case, all will be on reserve at the Arts or Central Library and a few (as indicated) will be available from khun On's shop.

Course Outline

Class Time: TTh 2:30–4:00

Required Texts

  • Course packet (available for purchase from khun On at 09 2621 0992)
  • Novels
    • George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945; Signet edition on reserve at CL)
    • Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill (1982, Vintage, 1998; Bruce Chatwin, On the Black Hill and available at khun On's shop)
    • Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy (Canongate, 2007; available at khun On's shop)
    • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (Jonathan Cape, 2011; available at khun On's shop)
    • Aminatta Forna, Happiness (Bloomsbury, 2018; available at khun On's shop)

Detailed Schedule




Requirements and Expectations

  • Reading Responses: Aside from occasional writing of other kinds, reading responses are useful exercises that attempt to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the reading. No more than 300 words is expected per response but it should be well thought out. See samples.

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the texts will be a big part of this class and students are encouraged to express their opinions, share observations and ask questions. Take notes as you read and write down your ideas and questions. Come prepared to discuss the reading material.

  • There will be a midterm, a final exam, and a final paper (5–7 pp.).

British Fiction
  • Boxall, Peter, ed. The Cambridge Companion to British Fiction: 1980–2018. Cambridge UP, 2019.

  • Bradbury, Malcolm. The Social Context of Modern English Literature. Blackwell, 1971.

  • Bradford, Richard. The Novel Now: Contemporary British Fiction. Blackwell, 2007.

  • Head, Dominic. The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction. Cambridge UP, 2004.

Essential References

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. Modern Language Association of America, 2009.

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Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 11th ed. Merriam-Webster, 2008.

Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 20 vols. Oxford UP, 1989.

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Roget's International Thesaurus. 7th ed. Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer, Harper, 2010.




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