ENG3114 - Modernism

Year of Study:3 or 4
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1100 Introduction to Literature,
ENG2100 Exploring the Genre of Poetry,
ENG2101 Exploring English Novels,
ENG2102 Drama and Theatre
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
The module aims to explore a wide range of Modernist literary works between 1890 and 1939 and introduce students to their ideology, styles and formal aspects. One of the chief aims of this module is to encourage students to identify and consider different aspects of the term ‘Modernism’ in relation to literary experimentation through an informed study of literary texts in the covered period. Students will be familiarised with formal transformation and cultural tendencies of these literary movements buttressed by an increased understanding of the political milieu as well as the intellectual and ideological formation of the period.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate nuanced appreciation of specific Modernist literary texts and authors as well as an informed engagement with key literary approaches to the literature of the period 1890–1939.

  2. acquire a basic awareness of the range of literary themes and methods from the covered period and to relate them to their social, cultural and historical contexts;

  3. demonstrate a capacity to identify, address and inter-relate the appropriate interpretive and theoretical issues arising from Modernist literary texts and produce critically informed analyses;

  4. apply the above knowledge and skills in constructing and communicating an informed appreciation of the literary value of the texts considered both verbally and in the writing of coherent, informed critical essays;

  5. transfer above skills into intellectual and professional skills to construct and communicate a sustained analysis of texts and to conduct research and evaluate the material in a wider cultural and intellectual context.