ENG-30078 - Modernist Manifestos and Magazines
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

English Combined Honours (Level 6)
English Major (Level 6)
English Minor (Level 6)
English Single Honours (Level 6)
English and American Literatures Single Honours (Level 6)
English with Creative Writing Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Combined Honours (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Major (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Minor (Level 6)
Media, Communications and Culture Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the political and aesthetic values of early twentieth-century modernist literature and the material print culture from which these values emerged. They will be introduced to key aesthetic literary theories of modernity, political ideologies of the early twentieth century in the UK, America and Europe, and important modernist experimental fiction.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Experiment with different presentation formats and write/speak for different target audiences: 1,2,3
Apply relevant theoretical methodologies and evaluate their usefulness: 1,2,3
appraise and critique prose, poetry, and non-fiction articles from the early twentieth century in light of their cultural contexts: 1,2
utilise and analyse critical approaches, and articulate this in written work: 2,3
engage in close analysis of texts (poetry and prose) and communicate this in extended written form: 2
carry out independent research, assimilate and synthesise research and present this in written form: 2,3
devise, develop, construct, and sustain an argument in written work: 2

Study hours

Seminars 22
Reading (directed and independent study) 89 hours
Assessment preparation 39 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Presentation weighted 20%
Group Presentation (20%)
In weeks three, four, five, six and seven the seminars will be introduced by presentations by small groups of students on the history of the magazine to be studied that week (Fire!!, The English Review, Rhythm, The Egoist and The Little Review). They will be asked to research and present an overview of the magazine┐s character, aims and purposes: the background of its editors, its contributors, it circulation and target audience. What is the tone of the magazine? Who is it aimed at? Why does it publish the kind of work it does? These presentations will be assessed in terms of their accuracy, detail of historical research, and insight into the significance of the political and material context of literary publication. Students will be assessed on the clarity and concision of their communication, on the diversity of sources used in the research, and on their ability to engage and reflect critically on the usefulness of these sources.

2: Essay weighted 70%
Research Essay (70%)
Selected from a list of 8-10 essay questions (3000 words). Students will be expected to devise and argument and to construct and sustain this argument through the analysis of texts from the magazines studied on the module (the primary texts). They will also be expected to engage with secondary criticism and to demonstrate evidence of reading beyond course materials.

3: Individual Report weighted 10%
Individual report on group presentation
Each student will submit, no later than one week after their presentation, a brief outline of their individual contribution to the research for the presentation (750 words). This should include an account of the research process and evaluation of sources used.