Unpack key principles and movements of modernism. Scooping up literary works, art and film from 1900 to 1940, analyse and interpret prominent issues and themes. See how shifts in views and interactions with the world shaped literature and culture.
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- 29 Jul 2019
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- Demonstrated critical and analytical reading strategies, interpretive analysis, scholarly research, and effective communication, with particular application to the field of modernist studies in English.
- Ability to identify, evaluate and apply principles of modernism to different literary modes, narrative and non-narrative.
- Display creative thinking and construct cohesive arguments, with specific application to modernist literary studies.
- Consider how historical and theoretical propositions of modernism have shaped the reception and reproduction of 20th-century art more broadly.
- Demonstrate effective time management, work organisation and application of literary-modernist principles to narrative contexts and beyond.
- Ability to engage in informed critical discussion on unit content with peers and teachers, consider and assess others’ points of view, and to argue a critical position.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
- Discussion forum/Discussion Board
- Podcasting/Lecture capture
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
MAQ-ENGX120-Approaches to English Literature , or MAQ-ENGX110
and two ENGX or ENGL subjects at 200 level or above NCCW ENGL305
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This unit examines the upheavals that took place in literature and culture between 1900 and 1940. Issues discussed include: imperialism and colonialism; the death of God; the cataclysm of the First World War; the crisis in representation and revolution of the word; changing gender relations; the nightmare of history; and the propagation of myth. These are examined through the manifestos of the major aesthetic movements (Impressionism, Imagism, Vorticism) and related themes (impersonality, anti-self). Texts studied include: works from novelists and poets (Conrad, Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Joyce and Woolf); philosophers (Nietzsche and Freud); visual artists (Lewis); and filmmakers (Bergman and Haneke).
- Forum participation (20%)
- minor essay (1200 words) (30%)
- major essay (2500 words) (50%)
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