Modernism and Modernity
In the first part of the assignment you will produce a close reading of ONE of the following extracts of modernist writing. Length 1000 words. You need to pay close attention to the experiments in form shown here, but also connect such innovations to the wider understanding of modernism you have developed during the module. You should also draw upon secondary research on the text. You must situate your reading of the passage within the context of the rest of the text e.g. where does this passage occur? How does it relate to the rest of the text? What is its particular significance in relation to the text as a whole?
NB page numbers refer to the Oxford World Classics edition of Ulysses and the Penguin Classics edition of To the Lighthouse.
Passage 1 – from Ulysses ‘Proteus’ (p.37-38)
‘Ineluctable modality of the visible’ (37) to ‘By the way go easy with that money like a good young imbecile. Yes, I must.’ (38)
Passage 2 – from Ulysses ‘Lestrygonians’ (p.146-148)
‘His eyes sought answer from the river and saw a rowboat…’ (146) to ‘Well, if he couldn’t remember the dayfather’s name that he sees every day.’ (148)
Passage 3 – from Ulysses ‘Cyclops’ (p.317-319)
‘- Will you try another, citizen? Says Joe.’ (317) to ‘And this person loves that other person because everybody loves somebody but God loves everybody.’ (319)
Passage 4 – from Ulysses ‘Penelope’ (p.690-691)
‘Yes because he never did a thing like that before…’ (690) to ‘…it takes me to find out a thing like that he said you have no proof it was her proof O yes…’ (691).
Passage 5 – To the Lighthouse, ‘The Window’, section 11, p.69-71.
‘No, she thought, putting together some of the pictures..’ (69) to ‘He looked into the hedge, into its intricacy, its darkness.’ (71)
Passage 6 – To the Lighthouse, ‘The Lighthouse’, section 8, p.199-201.
‘He had always kept this old symbol of taking a knife and striking his father to the heart.’ (199) to ‘You won’t be able to go to the Lighthouse.’ (210)
In the second part of the essay you must focus upon ONE modernist magazine covered in the second part of the module and assess how it contributed to the development of modernism. Word length 1500 words. As with your dissertations it is up to you to devise your own question or topic – tutorials will help you to do this. You can, for example, concentrate upon the work of one writer or artist (e.g. Pound in Poetry; Joyce in The Little Review), or consider how a single key issue is treated (e.g. the emergence of free verse in Poetry magazine; war in The New Age; feminism and anarchism in The Little Review). NB these topics are for guidance only.