This course is discontinued

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Course content

In this course the students will acquire knowledge about various literary movements that were dominant during the first half of the 20th century and which are known collectively as Modernism. The syllabus contains works by some of the best known modernists in Britain. Although special emphasis will be placed on the interpretation of individual texts with regard to themes, structure, imagery etc., it will also be important to establish each author's approach to Modernism.

Learning outcome

To become familiar with Modernism as a period in literary history, to acquire detailed knowledge about individual texts on the syllabus and develop analytical and critical skills in dealing with modernist texts.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students would be well advised to take ENG1303 – British Literature before this course.

Recommended previous knowledge

A good knowledege of English - both oral and written.

Overlapping courses

This course overlaps with ENG4370 – British Modernism (discontinued).


The course will be taught throughout the semester with seminars (2 hours a week).


Each student must hand in an essay of about 5 pages (approximately 11.500 characters) by a certain date. If the essay is approved by the course instructor (pass/fail), the student will be allowed to sit the final three hour written exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course




This course has been replaced by ENG2333 – Multicultural Literature in English

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