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Unit information: Modernist Writers in 2021/22

Unit name Modernist Writers
Unit code ENGL30140
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Cheeke
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce students to a number of significant modernist writers: W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf and W.H. Auden. The unit will give students the opportunity to study these authors in real depth and focus, absorbing poetry, novels, shorts stories and critical essays, and to encourage them to place these works in their historical context – the extraordinary period at the beginning of the twentieth century in the years leading up to the second world war.

This unit therefore aims to:

  • Introduce students to the writings of a number of significant modernist writers.
  • Encourage them to relate these texts to the context from which they emerged.
  • Develop their skills of textual analysis, across a range of genres.
  • Develop their ability to express their ideas orally and in writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of and wide reading in Modernist authors.
  2. Articulate the connections between literary texts and the political, cultural and historical contexts (c.1900-1945) in which they are produced.
  3. Demonstrate enhanced and enriched literary critical vocabulary and thinking, and the ability to apply this to the reading of these authors.
  4. Deploy skills in close textual analysis, argumentation, and critical interpretation using evidence from primary texts and secondary sources appropriate to level H.

Teaching Information

Teaching will involve asynchronous and synchronous elements, including group discussion, research and writing activities, and peer dialogue. Students are expected to engage with the reading and participate fully with the weekly tasks and topics. Learning will be further supported through the opportunity for individual consultation.

Students will be given the opportunity to submit a draft or outline of their final, summative essay of up to 1,500 words and to receive feedback on this.

Assessment Information

Summative Assessments:

1 x 3500 essay (100%) [ILOs 1-4]


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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