Moving Modernisms - Not running in 2014-15

Module Code: EN3611
Module Leader: Wendy Knepper


“Moving Modernisms” focuses on nomadic subjects in the first half of the twentieth century. This module considers the interplay between modernism as an era of changing relations to space/place (through empire, technology, increased mobility, political conflict and so forth), the emergence of a new sense of affect and the wider engagement with the world through writing as action. Students will analyze the ways in which writing serves to (re)map, navigate and traverse a changing world. Texts include: the colonial romance, travel narratives, border-crossing stories, tales of terrorism and accounts of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. This module will appeal to students with interests in transnational modernism, theories of affect, migration and citizenship, postcolonial literature and feminist/gender studies.

Core Texts

Indicative List of Texts

Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim or another text by Conrad

Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil

Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark

Virginia Woolf, Orlando: A Biography

Kafka, The Complete Short Stories

Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Casablanca (film), Hannah Arendt’s “We Refugees” and selected extracts on stateless persons


Note: Screenings will take place during the normally scheduled lecture/seminar.


Essay 1 of 1500 words: 30%
Essay 2 of 2500 words: 50%
Continuous Assessment in Seminar: 20%

Page last updated: Thursday 27 March 2014