MODERNISM - 2023/4
Module code: ELI2032
‘On or about 1910’, Virginia Woolf observed, ‘human character changed … and when human relations change there is at the same time a change in religion, conduct, politics and literature.’ Recognising somewhat belatedly the revolutionary fervour that had been brewing in European politics and art in the final decades of the nineteenth century, artists across the British Empire and the United States of America would embark on their own extraordinary phase of experiment, ushering in an era that would witness innovation right across the spectrum of cultural endeavour. Examining a range of exciting and innovative works from around the world students are introduced to the key ideas underpinning the theories and practices of modernist writers, working in the period between 1900 and 1945. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge relating to each text on the module, students can expect to acquire a sense of how the movements in modernist literature relate both to each another and to other disciplines such as philosophy, economics, politics and art.
School of Literature and Languages
KILNER-JOHNSON Allan (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: Q290
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 53
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 89
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 28
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
E.M. Forster, Howards End
James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room
Short stories by Lawrence, Woolf, and Mansfield
Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies
Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY (2500 WORDS)||100|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achieve-ment of the module learning outcomes.
Seminar discussion with ongoing tutor feedback is designed mainly to assess transferable skills in communicating ideas orally and in working individually and as part of a group. It also assesses subject knowledge on major writers of the twentieth century, the modernist movement, the relationship between literary form and content, the dialectical process, and the history of ideas in the first three quarters of the twentieth century. Seminars also assess cognitive/ analytical skills in critical thinking and in analysis of literary form.
The essay assesses subject knowledge major writers of the twentieth century, the modernist movement, the relationship between literary form and content, the dialectical process, and the history of ideas in the first three quarters of the twentieth century. The essay also assess cognitive/analytical skills in critical thinking and in analysis of literary form, and transferable skills in communicating ideas in writing. The essay further assesses professional/practical skills, specifically the ability to plan and implement timetables for essay deadlines.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through seminar discussions and tutor feedback in seminars.
- To introduce students to major writers of the C20 & the modernist movement they participated in
- To develop an understanding of the relationship between literary form and content
- To develop an insight into the dialectical process
- To gain a handle on the history of ideas over the first three quarters of the twentieth century
- To provide students with scope to practice doing independent research
|001||Knowledge of certain key modernist works together with their content and their impact||KC|
|002||Understanding how to incorporate close reading and original research into coursework||CPT|
|003||Techniques for reading and for interpreting stylistically unconventional literary material||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/ analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills. Specifically, the lectures deliver subject knowledge relating to major writers of the twentieth century, the modernist movement, literary form and content, the dialectical process, and the history of ideas in the first three quarters of the twentieth century. The weekly seminars involve student-led discussions that develop skills in communication and in working individually and as part of a group. The seminars also provide students with instruction on planning and implementing timetables for work and on presenting ideas coherently under time constraints.
This relates to the programme learning and teaching strategy, which, at FHEQ Level 5, is designed to continue the delivery of subject knowledge through lectures and SurreyLearn and to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills, with a greater emphasis on student-led involvement, critical analysis, discussion, and rhetorical ability.
The learning and teaching methods include:
1-hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
1-hour seminar per week x 11 weeks
2-hour revision session in week 12
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|English Literature BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and Spanish BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature with German BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and French BA (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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