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ENH3470 - Modern English Literature: Modernism and Postmodernism

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Alan Dilnot


Not offered in 2007


This unit will attempt to identify some of the chief trends in modern English literature in English, concentrating on the period from 1900 to 1945. The central figures of high modernism will be studied within their cultural and historical context.


Students successfully completing this subject should have developed:

  1. A recognition of what distinguishes modern English literature of the period 1900 to 1945.
  2. A grounding in the nature of the cultural conditions in which modern English literature has been produced.
  3. The ability to articulate critical interpretations of the set texts in systematic written argument and in clear and confident oral presentation.


Class presentation (1000 words): 20%
Essay (1500 words): 30%
Essay (2000 words): 40%
Seminar participation: 10%
Third-year students will be expected to demonstrate a greater analytical and critical grasp of the topic.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week