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123047 PS Literary Studies / Proseminar Literature (2021W)

Make it New: The Apocalyptic Imaginary in Modernist Writing

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work
ON-SITE

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 20 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 12.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 19.10. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 09.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 16.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 23.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 30.11. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 07.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 14.12. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 11.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 18.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Tuesday 25.01. 10:15 - 11:45 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Pandemics, ecological crises, economic collapse, the end of history - the current historical moment appears to be uniquely marked by a sense of impending apocalypse. And yet, as we will see in this course, images and narratives of the 'end of days' have long been a standard of cultural representations and practices, used historically towards a wide range of ideological, affective, and political ends. In this course we will learn how to read these ideological currents in diverse cultural texts and practices as they relate to the intersecting categories of race, gender, sexuality, class. These discussions will be focussed on poetry, prose and drama from the period of early-to-high modernism (c. 1880- 1945), including Yeats, Chesterton, Eliot, Pound, Auden, Kafka, Artaud, Barnes, Woolf, Joyce, Beckett, Calvino, Kate O’Brien and Flann O’Brien. We will also consider other forms of the modernist apocalyptic imaginary, including early expressionist film, music and visual art. Literary modernism was shot through with a rhetoric of apocalyptic crisis, revelation and “making it new” via diverse millennial visions of artistic, cultural, religious and political transformation. By focusing on literary modernist representations of the 'end of the world' in diverse contexts, genres and representational modes, together we will consider how, in the first half of the 20th century, the limits and meanings of history, truth and the human were being redrawn and remade.

Assessment and permitted materials

50% Final Essay (2,500 words)
20% Presentation
10% Participation / regular contribution to Moodle forum discussions
10% Abstract (300 words)
10% Final Moodle Quiz

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students must fulfil and pass each of the 5 course requirements (Essay, presentation, discussion, abstract, Moodle Quiz)

Examination topics

The course readings and presentations

Reading list

H.G. Wells, "The Star"
E.M. Forster, "The Machine Stops"
W.B. Yeats, "Second Coming"
Robert Frost, "Fire and Ice"
H.D. "Trilogy"
T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land", "The Hollow Men", "The Four Quartets"
Djuna Barnes, "The Book of Repulsive Women"
Flann O'Brien, "The Poor Mouth"
Samuel Beckett, "Endgame"

Secondary scholarly articles by Julia Kristeva, Katherine Ebury, Ruben Borg, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek and more.

Supportive material (PPTs, texts, videos and video links) will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612; BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BA10.1; BEd 08a.1, BEd 08b.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-3041

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