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 (If you are off-campus, via Zoom Meeting Room) and by appointment
Phone: 0 2218 1780


! Test 2441 Test 2  (online, open-book, Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2:30–3:50 p.m. [five-minute grace period included])  The test 2 paper is posted here in PDF (the latter for you to check against font and layout renditions for different version software) at 2:30 p.m. There are two pages to the test. I am available online (Zoom and e-mail) throughout the exam period to answer any questions you may have. Respect our Chula academic integrity and be smart about how you use your time.

  • Responding:
    • At 2:30 p.m., download the test file and save it on your device. Refresh the web page to view the most recent content.
    • In a separate Word file (You can use this answer sheet if you like), follow these guidelines:
      • Name the file according to this format:
        Replace "yourname" with your name. Ex.
      • Use:
        • Times New Roman font
        • 12 point
        • double-spaced (Notice that single-spaced responses leave little room for in-text comments and make it difficult for you to read feedback.)
    • Write or type your response in this document.
    • Save your work often.
    • At 3:45 p.m. stop working and save your final work. Total test time: 1 hour 15 minutes
    • As soon as you are done, a good safety measure is to take a screenshot that includes your work and showing the date and time on your device desktop as evidence against any e-mail mishaps that may result in your file arriving past the grace period.
    • You are allowed to consult notes and online resources, but keep in mind that time is best used writing.
  • Submitting:
    • Make sure that you have renamed your test 2 response file according to this format:
      Replace "yourname" with your name. Ex.
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    • You may attach a PDF file of the same as a fixed record of your work, against my comments and any accidental changes in the Word document.
    • Links to your response (ex. on OneDrive, Google Drive, Google Doc, online Word or other cloud systems) are not acceptable and will not be graded.
    • My file receipt confirmation verbally, via e-mail, or in the Zoom chat message box lets you know that your response has reached me.
  • Troubleshooting:
    • File access: If you cannot download the test file on this page at 2:30 p.m., notify me immediately. Be sure to refresh your screen to view the most current page and not the cached information on your device.
    • Internet connection: If you experience network delays and/or crashes during the exam period, record a short video clip of your work screen that shows your writing, the frozen or broken connection, and the date and time in the same shot. When your device and/or the internet connection recovers, record a short video clip of your work screen again, showing your writing, the returned function/connection, and the date and time to account for the time lapse. Send these along with your answer sheet at the end of the exam period. If file size limit is exceeded, make sure you send your answer sheet on time, and attach the video evidence in a separate later message.
    • Submitting: If your response file is undeliverable within five minutes of sending it, take a screenshot of the notification message with your answer in the same shot and send it to inform me immediately.
      • Problems with responses and delivery can be avoided with proofreading. Double check not only your work, but also the send to e-mail address. A typo from haste can result in the test file not being delivered, as some of you may have learned the hard way. To be safe, use the hyperlink or copy and paste the e-mail address to your message.


! Insights into British Fiction Presentation: The guidelines for this and for the final paper are accessible here and also linked to on our detailed schedule page.


! Habitat of Happiness: Sign up to focus on a topic in the ecology of Aminatta Forna's novel here.


! Semester Preparedness: All class sessions are conducted online, unless indicated otherwise. Test your devices and update relevant software. Set up your class streaming in an environment conducive to your learning. The following useful tools are provided by the university to facilitate your learning.

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Course Outline

Course Description: British fiction from the twentieth century to the present is an exciting and provocative body of work that has become even richer and been made even more controversial recently. We will investigate its great changes and wide-ranging impact around the world and all the way to Thailand, our literature, culture and memes. What ideas about fictional forms, authorship, readership and Britishness are debated and redefined throughout the last century to now? Readings include short stories and novels from different decades, from diverse authors, and discussions grapple with the issues they raise about literary craft, production and media, values and context, scholarship and new directions. Our course packet samples authors whose work and ideas have influenced and interrogated British fiction such as Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf, Muriel Spark, Salman Rushdie, Timothy Mo, A. S. Byatt, Julian Barnes, and Aminatta Forna.


Class Time: T and Th 2:30–4:00


Class Location: All live class sessions (classcasts) will be conducted via Zoom. Links to each session are provided on our detailed schedule.


Required Texts: Course reading is available digitally. PDF files of required and supplementary material are on Blackboard though you are welcome to acquire your own copies from your favorite book vendors. The publisher and year information given below are editions used in this course.

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 also be short presentations, creative pop events, two tests, 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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