This is an introductory course to Modernism as an aesthetic movement, particularly in the context of literature. It explores different notions of ‘modern’ in the twentieth century, whether high-modern, inter-modern, post-modern or even anti-modern. The course exposes students to global resonances of Modernism, through readings of varied writers and critical thinkers (a combination of creative genres and theoretical texts) from different regions. Many of these readings are framed through questions about narrative, time, brow (high, low, middling), and genre.
James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’,
Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse,
Nella Larsen’s Passing,
T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,
Martin Amis’s Time’s Arrow,
Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman,
Rabindranath Tagore’s The Broken Nest,
Krishna Sobti’s To Hell with you Mitro,
Vijay Tendulkar’s Silence! The Course is in Session.
Also, essays by Bertolt Brecht, Charles Baudelaire, Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, Raymond Williams, Jurgen Habermas, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Edward Said, W.E.B. Dubois