Decolonising Modernism: 1850 to the Contemporary (943Q3A)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will take a long-view of modernism, one inextricable from the development of avant-garde aesthetics. Europe is often credited with the inception of experimental, self-reflexive artistic practice. In our reading, we will examine continental authors and aim to take a more global view of avant-gardism. We will attend to influential authors that are not often or readily considered in English-speaking university curricula. These writers (French, Italian, Russian, German, American, Spanish, Chilean, Argentine and Caribbean) challenge, reinforce and expand more familiar models of Anglo-American modernism. Students rarely engage with movements such as Dada beyond reading manifestos or overviews of the various, generalised tenets at stake. This module will ask you not only to think about what Futurism is, but to closely read F.T. Marinetti's Mafarka the Futurist: An African Novel. The module encompasses fiction, drama and poetry. All works will be read in English and issues of translation and transmission will form part of our discussion.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: