European Modernism

Course Number: ENGL 185
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 185
Quarter: Winter 2019
Instructor: Park, Sowon S
Day(s): MW
Time: 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: HSSB 1206

ENG 185 European Modernism



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%