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European modernism refers to a wide range of experimental and avant-garde trends in literature and arts at the end of the 19th and early 20th century and has proven a major influence on current (Western) literature, film and the arts. This course introduces students to key themes of modernist literature, theatre, and film in Europe. The course familiarizes students with key writers and thinkers of this period and will address the ways in which they provoked their readers/viewers through new and complex forms and styles. Major themes comprise the crisis of representation, the representation of cosmopolitanism and urban cultural dislocation, consciousness and memory, and sexuality. (Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer).
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- demonstrate a broad understanding of the major debates concerning modernism and modernity in Europe;
- be able to communicate knowledge effectively about a range of experimental and avant-garde trends in literature and arts at the end of the 19th and early 20th century that constitute European Modernism;
- demonstrate detailed knowledge of the ways in which the representation of cosmopolitanism, urban cultural dislocation, consciousness, memory, and sexuality shaped modernist discourses in Europe;
- be able to consolidate research skills in the constituent disciplines of European modernism studies, learn to contextualise modernist European movements in their historical and aesthetic contexts and to appreciate the various ways in which modernist writers and artists challenged their European audiences;
- have acquired broad critical insights through their engagement with European history as well as European artistic and literary traditions that prepare them for becoming good global citizens;
- be able to work with independence, self- reflection and creativity to meet the assessment goals;
- be able to work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have an increased understanding of social and cross-cultural diversity;
- have developed critical self-awareness and shape and strengthen persuasive arguments;
- be able to communicate arguments and ideas effectively and articulately, both in writing and to others in speech.
Last updated: 20 October 2020