Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Myth and Modernism

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit examines the important role of myth in literary modernism, looking closely at the way particular authors deployed myth in their work and the way myth shaped and gave meaning to literary culture in the early decades of the twentieth century more generally. Greek, Roman and Norse mythology will be drawn upon, and writers discussed will include TS Eliot, Ezra Pound, DH Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Joseph Conrad, WB Yeats, and so on.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To acquaint students with the various ways modernists turn to and transform myth in their work;
- To make clear to students the ways in which myth provides a resource for meaning-making and continuity in a context of cultural, political and psychological fragmentation;
- To provide students with a rich and nuanced view of modernism;
- To accustom postgraduates to intensive seminar discussion of major texts in literary literary.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- identify and compare different mythological legacies at work in literary modernism;
- analyse the role of myth in the work of at least three modernist authors;
- discuss the role of myth in modernism in relation to the wider philosophical, cultural and political context;
- discuss the consequences and enduring legacy of modernism's appropriation of myth.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- write a critical disquisition on the role of myth in literary modernism;
- convey in their written work an intelligent, informed and nuanced understanding of literary modernism;
- evaluate competing critical judgements, having had experience of this throughout the study-unit;
- write clearly, stylishly and persuasively, having been guided in this throughout the study-unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

A full reading pack will be made available at the start of the study-unit. However the following titles should be particularly useful:

- Laurence Coupe, Myth (New York: Routledge, 1997).
- Eleazar M. Meletinsky, The Poetics of Myth (New York: Routledge, 1998).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Ivan Callus
Maria Frendo

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