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 2019
Instructor: Park, Sowon S
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: HSSB 1206
Description:

ENG 185 European Modernism

 

Description:

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
Three plays by Samuel Beckett

Week 9: Modernist History and Myth
James Joyce, Ulysses (excerpts)

Week 10: The Politics and the Aesthetics of Modernism
Excerpts from various literary and theoretical works

 

NB: For matters relating to registration, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor directly
 

Evaluation and Examination
Attendance: 5%
Class Participation: 10%
Mid-term Literature Review: 35%
Final paper: 50%