Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Postmodernism: Literary and Philosophical Perspectives

 Course Objectives 

  • To introduce a selection of literary theories, poems and novels.
  • To understand the social and historical conditions that led to postmodernism as a movement.
  • To analyze the poetry and fiction of these times in terms of their historical context and be familiar with a range of critical approaches. 

 Teaching Methodology 

  • Interactive class discussions on every concept. Small class size.
  • Use of articles, videos, etc. to further explain concepts.
  • Evaluations are conducted throughout the semester to ensure that the students’ outcomes are appraised. 



 Course Outline 

S. No. Topic Hours
1 Introduction
1. Modernism and Postmodernism
2. Postmodern Art
2 Theory
1. Gadamer: Fusion of Horizons
2. Barthes: Death of the Author
3. Sartre: What is Literature?
4. Derrida: Deconstruction
5. Sontag: Against Interpretation
3 Fiction (any 2)
1. Slaughterhouse V
2. If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler
3. My Name is Red
4. Absalom, Absalom!
5. Nausea
4 Poetry
1. Beats
2. New York School
3. Language Poets (L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E)
4. Indian Postmodern Poets
5 Conclusion
1. Postmodernism and the other -isms and posts- of our time