Modernism: Text and Screen

UNSW Sydney

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modernism: Text and Screen

  • Host University

    UNSW Sydney

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Film Studies, Literature, Literatures in English, Radio - Television - Film, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    30 units of credit at Level 1

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course provides a rich and panoramic survey of the early Twentieth Century?s most dynamic and aesthetically invigorating cultural movement. Moving back and forth between select cinematic and literary texts, the course opens pathways between these two critical Modernist media. It demonstrates how writers were adopting technical ideas from the new mechanical medium, even as artists and poets turned to the cinema to exploit its ?poetic? capacities. Navigating a pathway though some of the most exciting avant-garde currents in Europe and America, the course blends primary documents with key critical materials in order to instill a thorough understanding of Modernist cultural forms. It also considers the phenomenon of ?vernacular modernism? in mainstream Hollywood films, and interrogates both Hollywood?s popularisation of certain experimental features and its patronage of hungry writers in the Great Depression.
    The course is structured around three intensive modules:
    (1) Avant-garde Modernism in film and writing.
    (2) High Modernism, the moment of ""masterpieces"".
    (3) Vernacular Modernism, the vulgate of modernity.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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