Make It New - Literary Modernism
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- 31 Jul 2023
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1. Demonstrate effective and critical essay writing skills.
2. Apply research skills appropriate to the field.
3. Evaluate and apply key terms and concepts in modernist studies and literary studies more broadly.
4. Describe and discuss the literary, cultural and historical contexts of the prescribed texts.
- • Different approaches to defining modernism.
- • Works from range of (not so) canonical modernist writers.
- • Understanding modernism within the literary field of the time.
- • Different expressions of modernism across various centres and artistic groups in Europe and North America.
- • The cross-fertilisations between modernist writing, art, film, performance and music.
- • Recent trends in modernist scholarship and criticism.
- • The historical, social and philosophical contexts of modernism.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 60 credit points of Level two subjects.
No additional requirements
This subject offers an introduction to modernism - one of the most innovative and exciting periods of writing in English.
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 centers of modernist writing, such as London, Dublin, 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 'difficulty' of modernist writing, the creative tensions between tradition and experiment, 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.
- 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%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.