"Modernism - Fragmented Selves"
Mon 18.00 - 19.30, Room 5
Image Above by Pablo Picasso "Le Jeune Fille Devant Un Miroir"
TUTORIAL (by Mag. Nora Tunkel)
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In this course we will explore the Modernist condition where fragmentation becomes the hallmark for describing the self's relation to social values and cultural sureties. Starting out with an analysis of Virginia Woolf's groundbreaking essays „Modern Fiction“ and „Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown”, which announce the break with a realist aesthetics of objectivity and the shift to a radical subjective viewpoint, we will trace how fragmentation reflects itself formally - in structure and style - and representationally – in conceptions of the alienated protagonist in various modernist literary genres. Woolf's Jacob's Room (1922), D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love (1921), T.S. Eliot's “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (1915), and a selection of Katherine Mansfield's short stories (1918-21), will provide the context for investigating negotiations of displacement in the experimental and caleidoscopic modernist imagination.
Our critical analysis will be preceded by an introduction to methods of approaching literature theoretically and a discussion of techniques how to write a scholarly essay.