Welcome to English 342 at Simon Fraser University - British Literature Since 1945: "Among the Thugs: Masculinity & its Discontents from End of Empire to Third Way."
We will approach the course texts on their own historical terms, analyse the model of masculinity encoded therein, and chart the changes in the value given British manhood from World War II to the turn of the millenium as those changes are represented in fiction.
Browse the articles linked to the right here for a flavour of some of characters and background issues we will be dealing with.
The required reading follows the order below.
Kipling, Rudyard - Stalky & Co.
Greene, Graham - Brighton Rock
Richler, Mordecai - Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Stillitoe, Alan - Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Burgess, Anthony - Clockwork Orange
Amis, Martin - Success
Hornby, Nick - High Fidelity
Lydon, Johnny - No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
Hornby, Nick - Fever Pitch
Buford, Bill Among the Thugs
Duning, Murphy The Roots of Football Hooliganism