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Postgraduate Course: Literature and Modernity I: Modernist Aesthetics (ENLI11181)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis is the core course for MSc Literature and Modernity and is restricted to students on that programme.

This course provides an overview of key concepts and movements in modern thought with particular attention paid to close reading of writings and thinkers who have been influential for current understandings of culture. Areas to be studied will include liberalism, democracy, psychoanalysis, Marxism and feminism. One or two key essays or chapters will be analysed in each weekly seminar. The course encourages students to focus in detail on one specific movement or thinker in their final assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
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Course Start Date 25/09/2013
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students should develop the capacity to read and criticise complex theoretical texts and arguments. They should also acquire a critical vocabulary for the analysis of literary texts. In addition, students should also possess a broad understanding of the main movements and schools in modern thought along with some knowledge of the relevance of pre-twentieth-century critical movements for contemporary theory. After completion of the course students should be able to read further and more widely in literary and cultural theory, having gained the requisite background knowledge and critical vocabulary.
Assessment Information
One essay of 4,000 words (100%)
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Syllabus 1) Introduction to Modernist Poetry: T.S. Eliot, 'Tradition and the Individual Talent', 'Ulysses, Order and Myth', The Waste Land (1922)
Ezra Pound, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920), 'In A Station of the Metro'
W.B. Yeats, 'Easter 1916'

2) Modernist Poetry II: W.B. Yeats
W.B. Yeats 'September 1913', 'Easter 1916', 'The Fisherman', 'The Second Coming', 'Man and the Echo', 'Leda and the Swan', 'Byzantium', 'Sailing to Byzantium', 'No Second Troy', 'To A Shade', 'Coole Park, 1929', 'Coole Park and Ballylee, 1931', 'Blood and the Moon'

3) Introduction to Modernist Fiction: Virginia Woolf, 'Modern Fiction', 'Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown' (1924)
Joseph Conrad, Introduction to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' (1897), Heart of Darkness (1899)

4) Modernism, Consciousness, Gender: Sigmund Freud, Five Lectures on Psycho-analysis (1910) D.H. Lawrence, from Fantasia of the Unconscious (1923), Women in Love (1921) Bonnie Kime Scott, ed., from The Gender of Modernism (1990)
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929), To the Lighthouse (1927)

5) Modernism and War: Paul Fussell, from The Great War and Modern Memory (1979)
Dominic Hibberd and John Onions, eds., The Winter of the World: Poems of the First World War (2007)
Ernest Hemingway, from In our time (1926), Men without Women (1928), A Farewell to Arms (1929) (all in The Essential Hemingway)
Rebecca West, The Return of the Soldier (1918)

6) Modernism and Time, Memory, History: Wyndham Lewis, 'An Analysis of the Mind of James Joyce', etc, from Time and Western Man (1927)
Henri Bergson, chapter II of Time and Free Will (1889/1910)
T.S. Eliot, 'Rhapsody of a Windy Night' (1914)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925).

7) Modernism and Politics: Georg Lukács, from History and Class Consciousness (1921),
Fredric Jameson, from The Political Unconscious (1981)
D.H. Lawrence, Women in Love (1921)
Lewis Grassic Gibbon, A Scots Quair (1932-4)
Hugh MacDiarmid, 'First Hymn to Lenin' (1931)

8) Modernism, Art and Language: Eugene Jolas, 'James Joyce and The Revolution of the Word' and other extracts from Samuel Beckett et al., Our Exagmination Round his Factification for Incamination of Work in Progress (1929) James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), extracts from Finnegans Wake (1939)

9) Modernism and Everything: James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)

10) Modernism and its Legacies: Roland Barthes, from Image-Music-Text
Brian McHale, from Postmodernist Fiction (1987)
Samuel Beckett, 'The Trilogy' (Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Aaron Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)50 3071
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
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