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SEL2207 : Modernisms

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mark Byers
  • Lecturer: Dr Rosalind Haslett, Dr Stacy Gillis
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 150 student places

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


•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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00N/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.

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. A mid-module essay assesses students' understanding of texts and topics covered in weeks 1-4. The end-of-module written exercise assesses students' understanding of texts and topics covered in the remainder of the module.

Reading Lists