HS mit ISG English Modernism



Time and place

  • Do 10:15-11:45, .ics

BA English and American Studies: Hauptmodul A (301) Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II) – HA

  • Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature) – HA (80 %)

  • MA English Studies: Core Module: Literature (module 4051, exam 40511: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3 pages, 20%))

  • MA English Studies: Master Module II: Literature (module 8360, exam 83601: Written assignment (15 pages, 80%) and handout (2–3pages, 20%))

  • MA Literaturstudien – intermedial und interkulturell: Modul 4


English Modernism reflects the many paradigm shifts in both science and philosophy. When Virginia Woolf said, “On or about December 1910, human nature changed”, she referred to the intense changes the modern world had brought about. “Identity” (of men, women, nation, cultures), “reality”, “truth”, “history”, “art”, “ethics”, and “morality”, all these terms had to be redefined in the light of the new ideas developed by modernist thinkers. In this seminar we will study the various forms of English modernism by reading novels, lyrical texts, and dramas as literary representatives of a ‘period’ influenced by both tradition and innovation. The list of works to be analysed includes James Joyce’s |A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man| (1916) and essential episodes of |Ulysses| (1922), Virginia Woolf’s |To the Lighthouse| (1927), Joseph Conrad’s |Heart of Darkness| (1902), T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1917) and selected parts of “The Waste Land” (1922). The drama will be represented by G.B. Shaw’s |Man and Superman| (1903).

Additional information

Expected participants: 15