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Reading Modernity - ENG00030M

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Claire Westall
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

To examine a range of key critical and theoretical writings regarding the modern tradition from roughly 1900 to the present; and to relate them to more contemporary literary, critical and theoretical ideas, as well as to major works from the modern era.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Knowledge of a historical and intellectual range of critical and theoretical concepts, and understanding of the literary, critical, theoretical and cultural contexts with which these concepts engage.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Critical abilities in relation to the form and rhetoric of critical, theoretical, and primary texts; ability to contextualise such texts in literary, theoretical and cultural terms.


Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4,500 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed work within the University deadline, and will often receive it more quickly. The purpose of feedback is to inform your future work; it is designed to help you to improve your work, and the Department also offers you help in learning from your feedback. If you do not understand your feedback or want to talk about your ideas further you can discuss it with your module tutor, the MA Convenor or your supervisor, during their Open Office Hours

Indicative reading

Texts by Baudelaire, Dickens, Foucault, Freud, Benjamin, Henry James, Adorno, Huxley, and Beckett, as well as Raymond Williams, Lynda Nead, D. A Miller, Andreas Huyssen, Rita Felski

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