Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of a representative range of literary texts from the twentieth century.
Locate these texts in appropriate cultural and historical contexts.
Artiulate a detailed critical analysis of individual texts from the period that shows an understanding of their distinctive qualities.
Relate texts from the period either to each other or to a common theme.
The module offers students the opportunity to engage with the range and variety of twentieth-century writing. By focusing on texts from a range of genres, it seeks to give a sense of teh movement between the poles of realism and experimentation over the course of the period. There is a 'Text' and a 'Context' lecture on each of the texts. The introductory and concluding lectures discuss a range of adjacent texts and relevant contexts, as appropriate, usually without explicit reference to the set texts. The 'Context' lectures on each set text also discuss a range of adjacent texts and relevant contexts, but keyed explicitly to the set text in question.
1. Introductory Lecture
2-3. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899-1900)
4-5. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)
6-7. T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems (1917-1927)
8-9. Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1927)
10-11. W.H. Auden, Selected Poems (1930s-1950s)
12-13. John Osborne, Look Back in Anger (1956)
14-15. Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners (1956)
16-17. Sylvia Plath, Ariel (1965)
18-19 Doris Lessing, The Good Terrorist (1985)
20. Concluding Lecture
|| In essays and examination answers: by formulating and putting into practice a critical approach appropriate to text and topic set |
|| In preparation for seminars, essays, and exams: by investigation of literary texts, associated critical and scholarly writing, and the relationship of literary texts to historical an cultural contexts |
|| (Written) in essays and examination answers students are encouraged to express their ideas articulately and fluently
(Oral) seminars are based on group discussion and brief student presentations
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|| Students are encouraged to take more personal initiative in the planning and conduct of their preparation for assignments than at Level 1, and to make use of a broader range of resources; formal feedback on essays and informal feedback on seminar participation helps students measure their improvement |
|| Informal group work in seminars |
|| Substantial use is made of electronic text-databases (EEBO, LION), of electronic journals, and of Blackboard, and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with these |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Only insofar as the module covers key areas of literature in which students intending to teach English would need to demonstrate competence; or which might be related to future academic research |
|Subject Specific Skills
|| Close reading of literary texts; grasp of generic and intertextual relationships between texts; identification and analysis of appropriate historical and cultural contexts |
** Should Be Purchased
Auden, W.H Selected Poems (1930s-1950s)
Conrad, Joseph (1899-1900) Heart of Darkness
Eliot, T.S Selected Poems (1919-1927)
Joyce, James (1916) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Lessing, Doris (1985) The Good Terrorist
Osborne, John (1956) Look Back in Anger
Plath, Sylvia (1965) Ariel
Selvon, Sam (1956) The Lonely Londoners
Woolf, Virginia (1927) Mrs Dalloway
** Recommended Background
(1980, c1977.) Aesthetics and politics /Ernst Bloch ... [et al.]; afterword by Fredric Jameson ; translation editor, Ronald Taylor.
(1990.) Literature in the modern world :critical essays and documents /edited by Dennis Walder.
Oxford University Press in association with the Open University 0198710372
(1999.) The Cambridge companion to modernism /edited by Michael Levenson.
Cambridge University Press 052149866X
Barker, Francis, et.al. (1979) The Sociology of Literature: Vol 1: The Politics of Modernism.
University of Essex
Bell, Daniel. (1976.) The cultural contradictions of capitalism /Daniel Bell.
Benjamin, A (ed) (1990) The Problems of Modernity
Bergonzi, Bernard. (1986.) The myth of modernism and twentieth century literature /Bernard Bergonzi.
Harvester Press 0710810024
Berman, Marshall. (1983.) All that is solid melts into air :the experience of modernity /Marshall Berman.
Bowlby, Rachel. (1988.) Virginia Woolf : feminist destinations /Rachel Bowlby.
Bradbury, Malcolm and McFarlane, James (eds) (1976) Modernism: 1890-1930
Collier, Peter and Davies, Judy (eds) (1990.) Modernism and the European Unconscious
St. Martin's Press 031204223X
Danson Brown, Richard and Gupta, Suman (2005) Aestheticism & Modernism
Open University Press
Fokkema, D.W (1987) Modernist Conjectures
Foster, Hal (ed) (1983.) The Anti-aesthetic :essays on postmodern culture
Bay Press 0941920011
Fuller, Peter. (1983.) Aesthetics after Modernism.
Writers and Readers 0863160441
Huyssen, Andreas (1988, c1986.) After the great divide :modernism, mass culture, postmodernism /Andreas Huyssen.
Josipovici, Gabriel (1977.) The lessons of modernism, and other essays /Gabriel Josipovici.
Lunn, Eugene. (c1982, 1985 pri) Marxism and modernism :an historical study of Luk acs, Brecht, Benjamin and Adorno /Eugene Lunn.
Mendelson, E (1981) Early Auden
Morretti, Franco (1983) Signs Taken For Wonders
Reiss, Timothy J. (1982.) The discourse of modernism /Timothy J. Reiss.
Cornell University Press 0801414644
Ross, Andrew (1986.) The failure of modernism :symptoms of American poetry /Andrew Ross.
Columbia University Press 023106330X
Spender, Stephen (1963.) The struggle of the modern /by Stephen Spender.
University of California Press
Stead, C. K. (1986.) Pound, Yeats, Eliot and the modernist movement /C.K. Stead.
Svarny, Erik (1988) 'The men of 1914' :T.S. Eliot and early modernism /Erik Svarny.
Open University Press 0335150780
White, Allon. (1981.) The uses of obscurity :the fiction of early modernism /of Allon White.
Routledge & Kegan Paul 0710007515
Williams, Raymond (1961.) Culture and society 1780-1950 /Raymond Williams.
Penguin Books 0140205209
Williams, Raymond (1989(1993 print) The politics of modernism :against the new conformists /by Raymond Williams; edited and introduced by Tony Pinkney.
This module is at CQFW Level 5