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Third year, first semester

ELL3000F Movements, Manifestos and Modernities

This course examines key theoretical questions within the history of literary and cultural studies. It considers these in their complex relationships to the political movements that sought to reshape the world. It is focused on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as the accelerated movement of people, goods, and ideas across the globe led to the emergence of a world considered 'modern', and at the same time the inequalities that make it impossible to think of 'modernity' as a single, coherent idea. The primary aim is to introduce senior undergraduates in ELL to the frameworks, vocabularies, and animating ideas of literary and cultural manifestos, a form always at once political and aesthetic, and to work to improve core skills in analysis, exposition and argument.

Course entry requirements: ELL2000F and ELL2001S, or at the discretion of the Head of Department

Lecture times: 6th period, Monday and Tuesday.

DP requirements: All written work to be handed in and at least 75% attendance at seminars.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests etc) counts 100%.

Prescribed Texts, 2021

I Write What I Like  Steve Biko
Meridian – Alice Walker
Land of Many Colors and Nanna-Ya - Maryse Condé
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf