Modernism, modernity, modernization; manifestoes; national and "world" literature; translations and networks of influence, culture and imperialism; influence on art and visual culture; the modern metropolis; globalization.



'Modernism', as a movement in literature and the other arts, is traditionally studied in national or regional contexts. This course will pursue the idea of a "world modernism", by looking at selected works of fiction and visual culture from around the world, between (roughly) 1900 and 1950, written in English or translated into English. How differently do these works respond to modernity, and how do they relate to each other -- by influence, and shared or contrasted preoccupations or procedures -- in the network of "world modernism"?




The main meeting point for the course is a two-hour lecture/seminar on Wednesday evenings 18:30 - 20:30. The two-hour slot will be in the form of a combination of lecture, structured discussion and presentations.




Your assessment will be based on:

  • Class participation/Oral presentation/Attendance 10%
  • Moodle Responses (200-400 words) 10%
  • In-Class Essay 20%
  • Short Essay (1200-1500 words) 20%
  • Final Paper (1800-2000 words) 40%




The literary readings for this course will be in the form of a selection of fiction and poems by writers including: Chinua Achebe, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, Jean Rhys and Lu Xun. Theoretical and critical writings on modernism as well as on specific writers will be made available in class and in a course bibliography.



Last updated: 12 July 2018