European Modernism

Course Number: ENGL 185
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or equivalents
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 185
Quarter: Winter 2018
Instructor: Park, Sowon S
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Location: TD-W 2600

What, when and where was Modernism? This course introduces students, whatever their background, to the historical evolution and the variations of the idea of Modernism provided by the European tradition.

Week 1: Modernity, the Modern and Modernism


Week 2: Hermeneutics of Suspicion I

The Modernist Spirit of Nietzsche

W B Yeats, The Collected Poems of W B Yeats


Week 3: Hermeneutics of Suspicion II

The Modernist Spirit of Marx

T S Eliot, The Waste Land


Week 4: Hermeneutics of Suspicion III

The Modernist Spirit of Freud

Thomas Mann, Death in Venice


Week 5: Literature Review


Week 6: The Language of Modernism

Saussure and the Linguistic Turn

T S Eliot, Four Quartets


Week 7: The Gender of Modernism

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own


Week 8: The World of Modernism

Martin Heidegger and Being in the World

Samuel Beckett, Happy days


Week 9: Modernist History and Myth

James Joyce, Ulysses


Week 10: The Politics and the Aesthetics of Modernism

Excerpts from various literary and theoretical works


NB: For matters relating to registration, please contact Brian Ernst directly


Evaluation and Examination

Attendance: 5%

Class Participation: 10%

Mid-term Literature Review: 35%

Final paper: 50%