Modern and Postmodern in World Literature 1

Module code: FR3060

Module co-ordinator: Dr Emma Staniland

This course will introduce key concepts and texts related to the representation of modernity in world literature. We will consider thematic and stylistic features, taking into account the specificity of national cultural contexts, while engaging with the wider theoretical debates framing the notion of Modernism and modernity.

Set texts are likely to include: 

  • Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen, 1869, trans. by Martin Sorrel (Oneworld Classics, 2010)

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Recognise several different stylistic, thematic, and narrative features of literature
  • Apply this awareness to selected texts from world literature of the modern and contemporary period
  • Make connections between different trends and movements in world literature
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, historical, and sociopolitical issues affecting literary texts
  • Show an increased intercultural awareness through the ability to draw comparisons between the texts produced by different cultures
  • Write about world literature in an appropriate academic register
  • Discuss seminar topics based on independent research and guided reading


  • One essay of 3,000 words