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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Modernism before the War (ENLI11102)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn his introduction to Modern British Poetry (1922), Louis Untermeyer claims that the Victorian era ended in 1885. This course looks at that supposition, tracing ideas about the modern before more the emergence of famously modernist authors in the 1920s. We consider the loss of the idea of the national poet and the fragmentation of literature into small groups, limited print runs, and self-conscious ┬┐movements┬┐ such as imagism and symbolism in poetry. We will look at changes in literary form after the collapse of the 3-volume novel, and the emergence of the story as a popular genre. Ideas about globalisation and anxieties about national and imperial cohesion, detection and surveillance, will be traced in the novels, and changing ideas about language, place and the visual in the poetry.
Texts will include a variety of poetry, novels by James, Conrad, Stevenson, and Buchan, short stories by Conan Doyle and a selection of contemporary essays. The first 6 weeks are a study of the development of poetry and the novel in the period, followed by 4 weeks of further contexts.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The course is designed to be useful to a number of core programmes and pathways. It would offer another modernism option for the MSc in Literature and Modernity (though largely navigating around the texts on that core course), and one for the Victorian MSc R path.
    The course gives students a grounding in the major literary developments in the later Victorian period, but also invites a reconsideration of the term "modernism", its place in literary history, and the intellectual and material conditions that underpin it.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsMbtW
Contacts
Course organiserProf Penny Fielding
Tel: (0131 6)50 3609
Email: Penny.Fielding@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
Email: Kara.McCormack@ed.ac.uk
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