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ENGL6079 - World Modernisms
Instructor(s)
Semester
2021-2022 Second Semester
Contact Hours per week
2
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 6:30 pm - 8:20 pm , CPD-LG.10


Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Dora Maar (1937)

 

Topics

Modernism/modernisms, world modernisms, modernity, modernization; globalization; art and modern life; translation and transnational networks of cultural influence; imperialism, colonialism, national and "world" literature; cosmopolitanism; aesthetics and formal innovation; modern subjectivities and identities; critiques of modernism.

 

Objectives

This course will pursue the idea of “world modernisms” by foregrounding plural but interconnected manifestations of modernist movements and practices that emerged from transnational processes of modernization and corresponding networks of cultural interaction. While inclusive of examples of European modernism, the course will also incorporate works and discourses from sites of modernist cultural production that have traditionally received less attention. Students will analyze examples of modernist cultural production and engage with critical and theoretical readings on modernism in a global context. How do modernist works respond to modernity? How do they relate to one another -- by influence or difference; by shared or contrasted preoccupations and procedures -- in the network of "world modernisms"? Some attention will also be given to how the category of modernism is constructed and various interests and aims represented in the redefinition of its boundaries.

 

Organisation

Students are required to attend a two-hour lecture/seminar on Monday evenings from 18:30 to 20:30. The two-hour slot will be in the form of a combination of lecture, structured discussions, and oral presentations.

 

Assessment

Assessment in this course will be determined as follows:

  • Classwork (including attendance, class participation, and Moodle responses/activities) - 20%
  • Oral Presentation – 20%
  • 2 Short Essays  - 20%
  • Final Paper (1800-2000 words) - 40%

 

Texts

(in chronological order)

Charles Baudelaire, “The Painter of Modern Life” (1863)

James Joyce, The Dead(1914)

Rabindranath Tagore, The Home and the World (1916)

Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)

Yokomitsu Riichi, Shanghai (1928-1931)

Ling Shuhua, Ancient Melodies (1953)

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Critical writings on Modernism and World Modernism will be provided.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2021-2022 Second Semester
Contact Hours per week
2
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 6:30 pm - 8:20 pm , CPD-LG.10