European Modernism

Course Number: ENGL 185
Prerequisites: Writing 2 or 50 or equivalents
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 185
Quarter: Winter 2018
Instructor: Park, Sowon S
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Location: GIRV 2129
Description:

What, when and where was Modernism? This course introduces students, whatever their background, to the historical evolution and the variations of the idea of Modernism provided by the European tradition.

Week 1: Modernity, the Modern and Modernism

 

Week 2: Hermeneutics of Suspicion I

The Modernist Spirit of Nietzsche

W B Yeats, The Collected Poems of W B Yeats

 

Week 3: Hermeneutics of Suspicion II

The Modernist Spirit of Marx

T S Eliot, The Waste Land

 

Week 4: Hermeneutics of Suspicion III

The Modernist Spirit of Freud

Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

 

Week 5: Literature Review

 

Week 6: The Language of Modernism

Saussure and the Linguistic Turn

T S Eliot, Four Quartets

 

Week 7: The Gender of Modernism

Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway and A Room of One’s Own

 

Week 8: The World of Modernism

Martin Heidegger and Being in the World

Samuel Beckett, Happy days

 

Week 9: Modernist History and Myth

James Joyce, Ulysses

 

Week 10: The Politics and the Aesthetics of Modernism

Excerpts from various literary and theoretical works

 

NB: For matters relating to registration, please contact Brian Ernst directly

 

Evaluation and Examination

Attendance: 5%

Class Participation: 10%

Mid-term Literature Review: 35%

Final paper: 50%