Decolonising Modernism: 1850 to the Contemporary (943Q3A)
30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)
This module challenges the view that Anglo-American and European writers are the founders and sole practitioners of the experimental literature by which modernism is so often defined. This misconception continues to elide the inventions, creativity, and reach of avant-garde writers of the Global South and marginalised groups in the Global North. This module aims to broaden our modernist vantages not only in terms of temporality and geography, but also in relation to race, gender, sexuality, and class. You will engage with nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers from Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa, as well as North America and Europe. The relationship between radical politics and radical aesthetics is a central concern. Be it poetry, fiction, drama, life writing, or polemics, all assigned literature is read in English, and issues of translation and transmission form part of our discussion.
Teaching and assessment
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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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.