• Course Number: ENGL 185
  • Prerequisites:

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  • Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 185
  • Quarter: Winter 2018

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

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Evaluation and Examination

Attendance: 5%

Class Participation: 10%

Mid-term Literature Review: 35%

Final paper: 50%


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