Syllabus for The New Modernisms

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  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN512
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle
    G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

    Second cycle
    A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified.

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2019-01-23
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: English C or 90 credits in a language subject or in literary studies.
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is included in the Master's Programme in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • demonstrate an ability to present an in-depth analysis of major and minor works of Modernist writing
  • show familiarity with key works of secondary scholarship, including digital resources, relating to literary Modernism
  • show an understanding of recent theoretical debates over Modernism and their implications for critical practice
  • gather and process critical material;
  • show proficiency in the use of critical material in a written literary analysis;
  • show a good ability to participate, orally and in writing, in a discussion of literary works in fluent English.


This course examines successive revolutions in Anglophone writing and the arts between 1890 and 1945 with a focus on topics of current theoretical importance in Modernist Studies, including commodity culture, magazine serialization, material textualities, canon formation, transnational literary networks, and subaltern, queer, and racialized identities. Ranging across canonical and non-canonical texts, it considers Modernist writing in relation to historic changes in publishing and reading practices as well as the emergence of modern subject identities.


Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English.


Assessment takes the form of a final exam in the form of an essay at the end of the course. The final essay may be replaced by, or supplemented with, alternative assessment elements, such as shorter essays assigned during the course, journals, or portfolios. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or examination forms. If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University´s disability coordinator.

Transitional provisions

Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.

Other directives

If the curriculum or the course literature for a course module is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the following three terms. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires. No other limitations apply regarding the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2020

Primary texts

Unless otherwise indicated, please use the editions listed.

  • Joyce, James; Johnson, Jeri Oxford World's Classics : Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [Elektronisk resurs]

    Oxford University Press, 2001

    Find in the library


  • Moore, Olive Spleen

    1st pbk. ed.: Normal, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1996

    Find in the library


  • Woolf, Virginia Bradshaw, David To the lighthouse

    New ed.: Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006

    Find in the library


  • Jones, David In parenthesis

    Faber, 1961

    Find in the library


  • Forster, E. M. Stallybrass, Oliver A passage to India

    [New ed.]: London: Penguin, 2005

    Find in the library


  • Rhys, Jean Angier, Carole Voyage in the dark

    London: Penguin Books, 2000

    Find in the library


Selected stories by Katherine Mansfield, Rebecca West and Virginia Woolf (online or Student Portal)
Selections from contemporary 'little' magazines, such as BLAST and The English Review (online).