Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202685  Contemporary Novels

Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106

Office Hours: M 1–3 and by appointment

Phone: 0-2218-4703


MCS 601/4

W 1–4


Tentative Schedule

Week 1

Jan. 4



Week 2

Jan. 11



Week 3

Jan. 18

Orwell, Animal Farm


Week 4

Jan. 25



The Novel's Travels: Where has the modern novel form traveled to in the world? Students give ten-minute reports on their findings of the novel's entrance into different global regions. When was the novel first introduced in that locale? Who brought it? Who began to adopt it? What did the form look like or become? What problems, if any, emerged when this new form was used and received in that new locale?

  • Southeast Asia: Pawinee
  • East Asia: Nurene
  • South Asia: Supaporn
  • Middle East: Pichamon
  • Latin America: Rinrada

Week 5

Feb. 1

The Rise of Theory


Week 6

Feb. 8



  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

Week 7

Feb. 15



  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)

Week 8

Feb. 22



Week 9

Mar. 1

Literary Prizes


Test (1 hour)

Week 10

Mar. 8



Final paper progress critique

Week 11

Mar. 15

No class (Chula Academic Expo: March 13–17, 2017)

Week 12

Mar. 22

The Novel in the World


  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things (1997) excerpt

Week 13

Mar. 29

2000s: Locations and the Novel


Week 14

Apr. 5

Limitations and Possibilities of the Novel Form


  • Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide (2004; study guide)

Week 15

Apr. 12



  • Class novel

Week 16

Apr. 19

Future of the Novel

Week 17

Apr. 26


Week 18 May 3 Presentations
*Final paper due May 12 (7–10 pp.)
Week 19 May 10 No class (Visaka Puja Day)

Week 20

May 15

Final Exam (8:30–11:30 a.m.)
The final exam consists of two parts: short answer (1 hour) and essay (2 hours). For the short answer, you will be given sets of terms or passages to compare and contrast. You should be able to decide on a point of comparison for each set, give a brief explanation of similarities and differences between items in the set, refer to pertinent historical and cultural contexts, and also make relevant connections between that point of comparison and other features of the passage and of the text that it belongs to. The essay requires you to choose two critical texts and two literary texts from lists, and discuss benefits and limitations the critical concepts or approaches have on the reading of the two literary texts. You should be able to highlight concepts, concerns, methods, strengths and drawbacks of a critical viewpoint or approach as well as assess its effectiveness when applied to the reading of a contemporary novel. You should also be able to show characteristic aspects of a novel and consider them against others that come before and after. The provided list of texts to choose from for this essay part will focus on the latter half of the course and includes graphic novels you have individually read during the last weeks of class. Your discussion should focus on post-midterm texts but do not hesitate to refer to other novels if your argument calls for it.



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