• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English

This course examines in detail some of the key authors and texts of the movement known as Modernism. While the emphasis is on British, Irish and American modernist writers, the course will also examine the broader context of European modernism and modernism in other art-forms such as visual arts, music, cinema, architecture and design. Writers to be studied may include Conrad, Woolf, Eliot, Joyce, Kafka, Jean Rhys and Samuel Beckett.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of some of the major authors and texts of the Modernist period as well key debates in Modernist studies.
  2. Critically analyse modernist texts.
  3. Understand the broad cultural and historical context behind the various literary and artistic movements known as Modernism.
  4. Understand and successfully deploy a range of terms and concepts integral to modernist literary studies.

Indicative Assessment

1,500-word minor essay 30% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2]

3,000-word major essay 60% [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

500-word class presentation 10% [Learning Outcome 2]

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130 hours across the semester, usually comprised of 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 2 hour workshop, plus 7 hours of associated study each week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Masters level program. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ENGL2080.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4318 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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