This course will explore the early 20th century as a site of modernity. We will look at a range of texts to explore what the modern might mean and how writers have addressed issues of modernity and its impact on society and human relations. Some of the topics to be covered will include representations of the city, the changing roles of men and women, the rise of modern transportation and the impact of the First World War.
Below are a few of the topics we will cover in this course
- What is modernity? What were the literary responses to modernity?
- The city, mobility, and transportation
- World War I and its repercussions
- Modernism, art, and aesthetics
- Gender and interpersonal relations
The course will provide students with a critical framework for reading literary texts from the early 20th century through lectures and tutorials. Students will engage with questions of what is modernity and modern writing and explore the ways in which writers negotiated with the modern.
There will be two-hour lecture slot followed by a 1-hour tutorial session. Tutorial sessions will begin in the second week of the semester. For the tutorial, the class will be broken up into two groups (Group A and B). Please take note of which group you are in and show up at the right venue and in the right week. There will be no swapping of groups. If you do not attend your assigned tutorial you will be marked as absent.
20% Participation in tutorials which will include attendance, speaking up during discussions, brief presentations, contributing a positive learning environment to the tutorial
35% Mid-term test
45% End-of-term test
Here is a sampling of texts that this course will cover. Please attend the first lecture for more details.
Selected stories from James Joyce, Dubliners
Excerpt from D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Selected poems from W. B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot,
D. H. Lawrence, “Why the Novel Matters”
Selected pieces from Wyndham Lewis, BLAST