ENGL 2052 - Modernisms

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

This course first focuses on European literary modernism of the early 20th century, and then addresses some of the varieties of modernism that emerged in North America. We will study the poetry and prose of a range of writers whose texts interpreted, represented and expressed the sometimes confusing experience of modernity in different ways, showing a range of ideas concerning politics and aesthetics, tradition and the avant-garde, identity and nation. We will look at modernism's relation to classicism, romanticism and realism, on the one hand, and postmodernism on the other hand, and try to grasp the impact of new ideas about the mind and language, as well as charting ways in which modernist writers reacted to, reflected on, or tried to give shape to the social and political tumult of their times. A Course Reader will be provided.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 2052
    Course Modernisms
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Assumed Knowledge Familiarity with the reading & analysis of literary texts equivalent to Level I English standard
    Course Description This course first focuses on European literary modernism of the early 20th century, and then addresses some of the varieties of modernism that emerged in North America. We will study the poetry and prose of a range of writers whose texts interpreted, represented and expressed the sometimes confusing experience of modernity in different ways, showing a range of ideas concerning politics and aesthetics, tradition and the avant-garde, identity and nation. We will look at modernism's relation to classicism, romanticism and realism, on the one hand, and postmodernism on the other hand, and try to grasp the impact of new ideas about the mind and language, as well as charting ways in which modernist writers reacted to, reflected on, or tried to give shape to the social and political tumult of their times. A Course Reader will be provided.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    (1) Read and understand selected Modernist texts and critical discussions of them
    (2) Appreciate the influential role played by Modernism and Modernist texts in literary history
    (3) Think rigorously and critically about Modernist texts in the context of their original moment of production
    (4) Understand key critical terms and concepts relating to Modernism
    (5) Research, prepare and deliver coherent and logically argued written material
    (6) Confidentally present oral presentations, and engage productively and respectfully in discussions with their peers
    (7) Use technologies relevant to the preparation and completion of assessment tasks
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,3,4,5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1,2,3,4,5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5,6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5,6,7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1,2,3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,5,6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A Course Reader containing both primary texts and secondary readings must be purchased by students

    Set texts:
    Kafka, Franz. 'The Metamorphosis'
    Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
    Eliot, T.S. The Waste Land and Other Poems.
    Loy, Mina. The Lost Lunar Baedeker.
    Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse.
    Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying.
    West, Nathaniel. 'Miss Lonelyhearts'

    Recommended Resources
    To be announced
    Online Learning
    All lectures will be recorded and available from MyUni, and related material will also be available on MyUni.

    The English homepage on the Barr Smith Library site has a section on resources for the study of Modernism and Postmodernism. Click on the following link:

    http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/english


  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will involve lectures, face-to-face seminars and the use of MyUni.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course will involve the equivalent of 156 hours per semester.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will include lectures, face-to-face seminars, use of MyUni, instructor-directed and student-directed research and assessment-for-learning tasks.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE will be developed through student-led discussions and through collaborative seminar tasks.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment may include essays, and other structured independent written work and/or collaborative tasks.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    All assessmnet tasks must be attempted/completed in order to successfully complete the course.
    Assessment Detail
    To be announced in the Course Profile.
    Submission
    For submission requirements please refer to the English & Creative Writing Department Handbook.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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