Module Catalogue 2023/24

SEL2207 : Modernisms

SEL2207 : Modernisms

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Byers
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosalind Haslett, Dr Stacy Gillis
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



•To introduce students to modernist texts and the critical debates surrounding them.
•To introduce students to the changes in literary form and practice that occurred during the early to mid twentieth century.
•To encourage close analytical and critical reading of texts.
•To encourage consideration of the political and historical contexts within which texts are produced.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module begins by situating the emergence of modernism in its historical contexts. Across the module we will study some of the major literary works of the period, and examine the major contexts for the emergence of distinctively modernist form and content. The emphasis throughout will be on the significance of formal innovation and experimentation.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be able to engage critically with the following:

1. Diverse histories of modernist literature and performance and critical debates surrounding them.
2. Issues of formal innovation and the connections and disjunctions between form, content, and contexts.
3. Issues surrounding the reading and interpretation of modernist texts.
4. Issues surrounding the diverse political, cultural and intellectual contexts in which texts are produced.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Students successfully completing the module will be:
1. Able to develop their own research practice in response to research-led teaching
2. Able to critically compare and contrast different texts and contexts
3. Able to identify and explore issues relating to the social and political construction of texts
4. Able to respond critically to formally challenging texts
5. Able to exercise and develop a sensitivity to verbal and visual creativity

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study122:0022:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce students to knowledge outcomes. Student-led study groups develop this knowledge and enable the practise of skills. Seminars further develop knowledge and enable the practise of skills, namely close textual analysis and interpersonal communications.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M251,000-word essay
Written exercise2A753,000-word essay
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Written assignments assess knowledge of primary and contextual materials studied on the module, critical and analytical skills, close reading skills, writing skills, the ability to compare and contrast, and knowledge of the whole module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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