This MA module "maps" modernism and postmodernism by revisiting their urban spaces. It is dedicated to a mode of literary and art-making that speaks in an "urban voice", innovatively reflecting/refracting the acceleration of time and the kaleidoscopic vistas of city-dwellers, as well as their "modern" emotions and thoughts. Hence, our readings and discussions will be structured around the cultural and political capitals of the twentieth and twenty-first century: New York, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow and London. To foster comparative thinking, all texts are studied in translation (or their English original), but, wherever possible, students will also be provided with an oppurtunity to engage with the text in their original language. This module places premium on an interdisciplinary approach to literature, and thus the discussions of literary works (including plays) will be complemented by audio and visual practices such as viewing of/listening to performances, films and readings, consideration of paintings and photographs, city maps and even urban planning decisions. We will also examine in depth the categories of modernism and postmodernism, as well as a range of theories of the modern/postmodern city.
- Module Supervisor: Patricia Gillies