Topics


Modernism, modernity, modernization; manifestoes; national and "world" literature; translations and networks of influence, culture and imperialism; influence on art and visual culture; the modern metropolis; globalization.

 

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Objectives


'Modernism', as a movement in literature and the other arts, is traditionally studied in national or regional contexts. This course will pursue the idea of a "world modernism", by looking at selected works of fiction and visual culture from around the world, between (roughly) 1900 and 1950, written in English or translated into English. How differently do these works respond to modernity, and how do they relate to each other -- by influence, and shared or contrasted preoccupations or procedures -- in the network of "world modernism"?

 

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Organisation


'The main meeting point for the course is a two-hour lecture/seminar on Monday evenings 18:30 - 20:30. The two-hour slot will be in the form of a combination of lecture, structured discussion and presentations.

 

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Assessment


Your assessment will be based on:

  • Class participation and oral presentation 20%
  • Short Essay 20%
  • In Class Essay 20%
  • Final paper 40%

 

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Texts


The literary readings for this course will be in the form of a selection of short fiction and poems by writers including: Eliot, Woolf, Conrad, Lu Xun, Chekhov, and Kafka. Theoretical and critical writings on modernism as well as on specific writers will be made available in class and in a course bibliography.

 

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Last updated: 8 November 2017