ENGL 3051 - Modernisms

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Modernism is best understood as a cultural and artistic response to the changing conditions of modernity in the early twentieth century, a period marked by World War One, increasing urbanisation and industrialisation, struggles for labour rights and women's rights, decolonisation, and the emergence of mass culture and advanced technologies. This course examines the emergence of literary Modernism, predominantly in Europe and North America, but it will also touch on Modernist texts from New Zealand and Australia. One of the key themes of the course is that different strands of Modernism arose at different times across different locations, hence the title Modernisms. Text to be studied include short stories by Katherine Mansfield, a novella by Franz Kafka, the ballet The Rite of Spring, novels by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, and poetry by T.S. Eliot, Mina Loy and 'Ern Malley'. We will study how these texts interpret and express the sometimes confusing experience of modernity, showing a range of ideas concerning politics and aesthetics, tradition and the avant-garde, gender, identity and nation. We will explore the impact of new ideas about time, the mind and language on literature, 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENGL 3051
    Course Modernisms
    Coordinating Unit English and Creative Writing
    Term Semester 1
    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 6 units of study at Level I undergraduate study. To undertake this course as part of a major in English, students need a minimum of 3 units in English at Level II or at Level II in Creative Writing cross-listed with the major in English.
    Incompatible ENGL 2052
    Assumed Knowledge ENGL 1101
    Course Description Modernism is best understood as a cultural and artistic response to the changing conditions of modernity in the early twentieth century, a period marked by World War One, increasing urbanisation and industrialisation, struggles for labour rights and women's rights, decolonisation, and the emergence of mass culture and advanced technologies. This course examines the emergence of literary Modernism, predominantly in Europe and North America, but it will also touch on Modernist texts from New Zealand and Australia. One of the key themes of the course is that different strands of Modernism arose at different times across different locations, hence the title Modernisms. Text to be studied include short stories by Katherine Mansfield, a novella by Franz Kafka, the ballet The Rite of Spring, novels by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, and poetry by T.S. Eliot, Mina Loy and 'Ern Malley'. We will study how these texts interpret and express the sometimes confusing experience of modernity, showing a range of ideas concerning politics and aesthetics, tradition and the avant-garde, gender, identity and nation. We will explore the impact of new ideas about time, the mind and language on literature, 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.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Maggie Tonkin

    Dr Maggie Tonkin
    maggie.tonkin@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Engage with and critically analyse an array of Modernist texts
    2 Engage with and critically analyse an array of secondary texts
    3 Contextualize Modernist literary texts within their historical and cultural settings
    4 Understand and be able to use key critical terms and concepts relating to Modernism
    5 Conduct independent research
    6 Argue from evidence
    7 Prepare coherent and logically argued written and oral materials
    8 Work with appropriate technologies
    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)
    1-7
    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
    1-8
    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
    6-8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5-8
    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
    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
    1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Set texts

    Katherine Mansfield 'Bliss' and 'Je ne parle pas francais' (in Course Reader)
    Franz Kafka Metamorphosis
    James Joyce Ulysses (several episodes only: to be determined)
    Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
    William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
    T.S. Eliot The Waste Land and Other Poems
    Mina Loy The Lost Lunar Baedeker
    Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky Le sacre de printemps (The Rite of Spring) ballet/score 
    Course Reader

    Teaching Resources

    Myuni and Echo 360 will be required resources
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will introduce students to the historical period out of which Modernism emerged, and some key conceptual terms relating to Modernism, as well as introducing them to the set texts and some of the critical frames through which they have been read. In seminars students will explore the set texts and conceptual terms in greater depth, focussing on areas of difficulty through tutor-directed tasks and questions, and student led-discussions. Student research skills will be developed through student-led discussions, seminar research essays and the major research essay. As this is a new subject, it is not anticipated that there will be nay students new to university study. The course convenor will negotiate suitable support mechenisms for international and study abroad students, and students with Access Plans and other special circumstances.
    Workload

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

    WORLOAD- STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS
    1x1 hour lecture per week 12
    1X2  hour seminar per week for 10 weeks 20
    WORLOAD-SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    2 hours research per week 24 hours er semester
    2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester
    TOTAL= 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    WEEK
    Week 1 Introduction to Modernisms
    Week 2 Katherine Mansfield Short Stories
    Week 3 Franz Kafka Metamorphosis
    Week 4 T.S. Eliot The Waste Land and Other Poems
    Week 5 The Rite of Spring
    Week 6 James Joyce Ulysses
    Week 7 James Joyce Ulysses
    Week 8 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
    Week 9 Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse
    Week 10 Mina Loy The Lost Lunar Baedeker
    Week 11 William Faulkner As I Lay Dying
    Week 12 Modernism in Australia and the 'Ern Malley' Hoax
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    SGDE activities will occur in seminars in weeks 2-6 and 8-12. they will involve students working in groups of 3-5 to explore course materials and key concepts. Each student group will receive informal feedback from the course convenor during seminars.
  • Assessment

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    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 Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Participation (includes leading class discussion with questions) Formative and summative

    ongoing

    10% 1-7
    Contexts of Modernism online quiz Formative and Summative Week 5 10% 1,2,3,4,6,7
    1500 word seminar essay Formative and summative Ongoing 30% 1-8
    3000 word major research essay Summative Week 13 50% 1-8
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission

    No information currently available.

    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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