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Fall 2014 English W4502 section 001
20TH CENT BRITISH LIT II
Late Modernism

Call Number 84781
Day & Time
Location
MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
201A Philosophy Hall
Points 3
Approvals Required None
Instructor Matthew Hart
Type LECTURE
Course Description (Lecture). The term "modernism" is unusual in that refers simultaneously to a style, an idea, and a period. Critics often argue about the beginning of the modernist period, some joining Virginia Woolf in dating it from "on or about 1910" (when "human character changed"), others pushing it back to 1890 or earlier. There is even more debate about when - or if - modernism ends. In the 1980s, critical theorists such as Fredric Jameson posited the existence of a decisive break between modernism and so-called postmodernism. More recently, scholars have become interested in the longevity and temporal unevenness of modernism as an aesthetic and social phenomenon. Inspired by such scholarship, this lecture class examines the evidence for a concept of "late modernism." We will examine late modernism in a number of guises: as an extension of modernist aesthetics into the late twentieth century; as an elegiac, negative, or inward turn within the modernist avant-garde; and as a symptom of an unevenly globalized modernity. Literary readings by the likes of W. H. Auden, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett, Basil Bunting, T. S. Eliot, B. S. Johnson, Ann Quin, Jean Rhys, and Virginia Woolf. Critical and theoretical readings will come from figures such as T. W. Adorno, Clement Greenberg, Fredric Jameson, and Edward Said.
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Department English and Comparative Literature
Enrollment 9 students as of 11:27PM Thursday, October 23, 2014
Final Exam Day/Time
W 1:10pm-4:00pm
Final Location 201A Philosophy Hall
Subject English
Number W4502
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs, Graduate School of Arts and Science, School of the Arts, International and Public Affairs, Barnard, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate
Campus Morningside
Section key 20143ENGL4502W001

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