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Set texts



Students are required to purchase copies of these texts:
  • David Lodge and Nigel Wood, Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader (3rd edn)
  • J.A. Cuddon (ed.) Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory, revised by C.E. Preston
  • Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop
  • Allen Ginsberg, Howl
  • Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners 
  • Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia  


Selected online criticism on individual texts
Allen Ginsberg's Howl

Allen Ginsberg, "From the Poem that changed America: 'Howl' fifty years later". The American Poetry Review (2006)

Phillip Lopate, "Howl and Me". Iowa Review (2006)

Karen Kevorkian, "American Scream: Allen Ginsberg's Howl and the Making of the Beat Generation". The Virginia Quarterly Review (2004)

Ben Lee, "Howl and Other Poems: Is there old left in these new Beats?" American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism and Bibliography (2004)

David Pozen, "Ginsberg's Howl". The Explicator (2003)

Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop

Elizabeth Gargano, "The Masquerader in the Garden: Gender and the Body in Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop. Women's Studies: An interdisciplinary Journal 36.2 (57-78) 2007 [click on check for Full text and follow on until you get the pdf version of the article]

Patricia Smith, "The Queen of the Waste Land: The Endgames of Modernism in Angela Carter's Magic Toyshop". Modern Language Quarterly: A journal of literary history 67.3 (333-61) 2006

Madeleine Monson-Rosen, "The most primeval of passions": Incest in the service of women in Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop in Richard Fantina and Thomas Calvin's Straight Writ Queer (pp 232-43)

Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia

Rita Felski, "Nothing to declare: Identity, shame and the lower middle class". PMLA (2000) [scroll down the page and click on the pdf link to JSTOR which will display the full text of the article]



Lodge and Wood 


Carter Magic Toyshop


Carter Magic Toyshop


Carter magic toyshop


Buddha of Suburbia