Undergraduate | LTU-ENG3RSM | 2024
Make It New - Literary Modernism
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Make It New - Literary Modernism
About this subject
On successful completion you will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective and critical essay writing skills
- Apply research skills appropriate to the field.
- Evaluate and apply key terms and concepts in modernist studies and literary studies more broadly.
- Describe and discuss the literary, cultural and historical contexts of the prescribed texts.
- Defining Modernism
- Modernist Works
- Modernism in it's Time
- European Modernism
- North American Modernism
- Modernism in Art, Performance and Music
- Trends in Modernist Scholarship
- Modernist Contexts
“Make it new” – during the early 20th century modernist writers produced some of the most innovative and exciting literary texts in English. We’ll examine just why modernists declared it was time to “make it new!” and rejected the certainty of tradition. We’ll read revolutionary modernist fictions and manifestos, sound poems, experimental plays and ground-breaking films.
In this subject, we'll explore modernism as an umbrella term for a multitude of literary responses to modern life - varied, contradictory and contested - and introduce central concepts used in modernist studies. We'll move between centres of modernist writing, such as London, Zurich, Paris, Berlin and New York to encounter key literary figures and artistic groups who all tried to break new ground in different ways.
We will examine questions surrounding the creative tensions between tradition and experiment, the 'difficulty' of modernist writing, high- and middlebrow fiction, postcolonial perspectives, gender politics, our own academic practices and the literary canon. Throughout the subject, we will read modernist writing in the context of political & cultural events, as well as contemporary developments in art, film and music.
This is a level 3 subject. Please consider the subject pre-requisites before enrolling. This subject includes live sessions with the expectation of student attendance and participation.
- Workbook (1000 word equivalent) This assessment will be focused on central concepts and/or literary texts in the historical contexts of the subject. (25%)
- Workshop Exercise (1000 word equivalent) This assessment will be focused on central concepts and/or literary texts in the historical contexts of the subject. (25%)
- Final Essay (2000 words) Research essay in response to a set or self-chosen question. (50%)
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Prerequisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.
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