“Waterland” by Graham Swift


“Waterland” is a postmodern novel that investigates historiography, narration, identity and epistemology. It is admittedly a challenging text to read given its postmodernist  features.

As with all my sessions which are geared towards helping students enjoy the novel and craft insightful, thought-provoking essays for class tests and the exams, I will cover:

  • a brief introduction to postmodern fiction
  • Graham Swift and his works
  • postmodern features in “Waterland”
  • issues and Themes in the text
  • ways  to approach it

I will in the process help students

  • acquire a literary vocabulary related to the narrative
  • answer questions on the novel