|| EN32320 |
|| THE POLITICS OF MODERNISM |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Professor Timothy S Woods |
|| Intended for use in future years |
|Next year offered
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|Next semester offered
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| Course delivery
|| Seminars / Tutorials || 20 Hours Seminar. 10 x 2 hrs |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment|| Continuous Assessment: 2 essays (2,500 words each)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment|| Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.|| |
At the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. describe and appraise the main theories of and debates within modernism;
2. relate theories and practices of modernism to set texts;
3. describe the broad effects of modernist devices on literary and cultural forms;
4. apply examples from the arguments of principal exponents of modernist theory;
5. comment critically on the material chosen for study;
6. engage in coherent oral discussion of the texts and background material;
7. write about the subject in a well-structured and argued manner.
The principal aim of this module will be to familiarise students with the variety of debates centring upon the problematic of modernism, but in particular, to consider whether one can perceive and describe the political ideologies underpinning the various aesthetics of modernism.
By focusing on a selection of texts from the 'high' modernist canon, the following issues might be explored:
what were the relations between the aesthetic ideologies of modernism and its emergence within a specific historical and social formation?
whether modernist aesthetics were a radical break with conventional forms of knowledge, or whether they were merely a search for a new realism;
why the issue of representation and language becomes so crucial to artists during this period;
why modernist art is 'difficult';
why certain writers have been excluded from the 'canon';
the role of the avant-garde;
the way in which modern art has been gendered;
the definitions and distinctions between modernism and postmodernism evident in the work of such theorists as Luckacs, Adorno, Brecht, Benjamin, Jameson and Lyotard.
Seminar 1: Introduction: Modernism, Modernity, Modernization
Seminar 2: Aestheticism, Myth and Politics
W B Yeats - The Tower; The Winding Stair; extracts from A Vision
Seminar 3: Culture and Hegemony: "Articulate Raids"
T S Eliot - Tradition and the Individual Talent; Four Quartets; Ash Wednesday
Seminar 4: A Modernist Odyssey: 'Myth and Order'
Seminar 5: 'Curios of signs' and 'alphabettyformed verbiage'
James Joyce - Ulysses; Finnegan's Wake (extracts)
Seminar 6: Engendering a Modernist Aesthetic
Gertrude Stein - Tender Buttons
Seminar 7: Imagism and the Object: "Dichten = Condensare"
Ezra Pound - Hugh Selwyn Mauberley; The Cantos
Seminar 8: Myth, History and Herself Defined
Seminar 9: Gender, Language and Silence
Virginia Woolf - The Waves
Seminar 10: Power/Knowledge/Gender
D. H. Lawrence - The Rainbow
The Hugh Owen Library is well stocked with texts in this field and on these authors, and is extremely well supplemented by the texts in the National Library. A short indicative bibliography is listed below, but specific bibliographies on the module subjects will be handed out on a weekly basis.
** Should Be Purchased
W. B. Yeats (ed. T Webb) Selected Poems
James Joyce Ulysses
T. S. Eliot Collected Poems
Virginia Woolf The Waves
Gertrude Stein Tender Buttons
D. H. Lawrence The Rainbow
Ezra Pound Selected Poems 1908-1959
** Recommended Background
Fuller, Peter (1983) Aesthetics After Modernism
Writers and Readers Publishing Co-Op
Huyssen, Andreas (1988) After the Great Divide
Lukacs, Georg, 'The Ideology of Modernism', in (1963) The Meaning of Contemporary Realism
Lunn, Eugene (1987) Marxism and Modernism
Josipovici, Gabriel (1977) The Lessons of Modernism
Moretti, Franco (1983) Signs Taken For Wonders
Reiss, Timothy J. (1982) The Discourse of Modernism
Ross, Andrew (1986) The Failure of Modernism
Bradbury, Malcolm, and McFarlane, James, (eds.) (1976) Modernism: 1890-1930
Berman, Marshall (1983) All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
Bergonzi, Bernard (1986) The Myth of Modernism
Berger, John (1969) The Moment of Cubism
Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Benjamin,Walter (1983) Understanding Brecht
Benjamin,Walter, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" in Hannah Arendt (ed.), (1973) Illuminations
Benjamin, A, (ed). (1990) The Problems of Modernity
Bell, Daniel (1976) The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism
Barker, Francis, et.al. (1979) The Sociology of Literature: Vol 1: The Politics of Modernism
University of Essex
Foster, Hal (1983) The Anti-Aesthetic
Fokkema, D.W. (1987) Modernist Conjectures
Collier, Peter, and Davies, Judy, (eds.) (1990) Modernism and the European Unconscious
Breton, Andre (1978) What is Surrealism?
Spender, Stephen (1963) The Struggle of the Modern
Stead, C.K. (1986) Pound, Yeats and Eliot and the Modernist Movement
Svarny, E. (1988) "The Men of 1914"
Taylor, Ronald, (ed). (1980) Aesthetics and Politics
White, Allon (1981) The Uses of Obscurity: The Fiction of Early Modernism
Williams, Raymond (1961) Culture and Society, 1780-1950
Williams, Raymond (1990) The Politics of Modernism
This module is at CQFW Level 6