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This course takes up the concept of modernism as a historical development in the arts, which comprises various artistic practices, and as a critical concept, which has various definitions, one of which is Fredric Jameson’s description of modernism as “realism’s historical counterpart and its dialectical mirror-image.” This course will explore modernism’s experimental writing practices and key theoretical issues and will engage with major critical debates and questions surrounding modernism such as the realism/modernism controversy, the problem of historicity, the issue of formalism and mediation as well as the topics of feminism and sexual experiment, commodity culture, urbanism, and everyday life.

  • Course structure

    Course description from previous year:  Modernisms, HT21 (pdf) (222 Kb)

    Course description for spring term 2023 to follow.

    Teaching format

    The teaching comprises seminars. Attendance at a minimum of 80% of the seminars is required in order to complete the course. Students will often work with different tasks and assignments during the seminars in preparation for the examination. Apart from scheduled teaching, time will be spent reading course literature and completing mandatory assignments.


    Oral presentation and written assignments.


    Irina Rasmussen

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
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