PERF06113 2019 Modernism in Drama and Literature

General Details

Full Title
Modernism in Drama and Literature
Transcript Title
Modernism in Drama and Literat
80 %
Subject Area
PERF - 0215 Performing Arts
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Una Mannion, Rhona Trench, Jay Starliper
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_APERF_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Performing Arts SG_APERA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Acting) SG_APERT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts (Theatre Design) SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_ADESI_H08 202500 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen SG_ADESJ_H08 202500 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Design for Stage and Screen

This module introduces students to twentieth-century modern literature, including poetry, plays and novels. Writers include W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, John Keats, Franz Kafka, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Derek Walcott, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley, E.M. Forster, Samuel Beckett, Luigi Pirandello and James Joyce for example. Changes in science, industry, technology, mass production, urbanization as well as approaches to religion are examined. Issues of gender, identity, culture and politics are explored. The practical aspect of this module requires learners to work with primary and secondary level students using a selection of modern texts as the foundation for ideas for a series of workshops they will organise and carry out. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


critically examine a range of texts from a modernist context


understand the diverse trends surrounding modernism


develop team working skills which will practically demonstrate modernism in seminars and workshops


carry out a series of workshops using modernist texts as their inspiration 


 Become familiar with the artistic philosophies of modernist writers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Courses are taught through lectures, seminars, smaller group‑teaching, student's presentation of research and shared learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Workshops (planning, organisation, workshop booklets, logbooks) 50%

Term essay 25%

Course Contribution (attendance, contribution to in-class discussion, research shown) 25%



Repeat Assessments

Repeat project

Indicative Syllabus

Twentieth century literature: Building on previous modules, students will draw on their visual, performing arts, and research skills in order to interrogate historical and cultural contexts which will inform their learning of modernist writers and performers for this module.

Learners will utilise their peers within the space to plan and carry out a series of workshops using the modernist temperament as inspiration.

Actual workshops will involve groups from the community (retired people in book clubs, primary and secondary school students, for example) who will participate in the learning led by 3rd level learners. The selection of modernist works will depend on the group attending but the objective is to fully plan and carry out workshops which will lead to a comprehensive piece of learning where 3rd level student can achieve competency as facilitators/teachers.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment - Course contribution Coursework Assessment Assessment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
2 Workshops Project Assessment 50 % OnGoing 3,4
3 Term Essay Project Essay 25 % End of Term 1,2,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Seminar 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
01/11/2018 The Bloomsbury Companion to Modern Literature Bloomsbury

Required Reading
2008-10-20 A Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405188227 ISBN-13 9781405188227

The Companion combines a broad grounding in the essential texts and contexts of the modernist movement with the unique insights of scholars whose careers have been devoted to the study of modernism. An essential resource for students and teachers of modernist literature and culture Broad in scope and comprehensive in coverage Includes more than 60 contributions from some of the most distinguished modernist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic Brings together entries on elements of modernist culture, contemporary intellectual and aesthetic movements, and all the genres of modernist writing and art Features 25 essays on the signal texts of modernist literature, from James Joyces Ulysses to Zora Neal Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God Pays close attention to both British and American modernism

Required Reading
2006-10-12 The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521601096 ISBN-13 9780521601092

The Cambridge Companion to Modern American Culture offers a comprehensive, authoritative and accessible overview of the cultural themes and intellectual issues that drive the dominant culture of the twentieth century. This companion explores the social, political and economic forces that have made America what it is today. It shows how these contexts impact upon twentieth-century American literature, cinema and art. An international team of contributors examines the special contribution of African Americans and of immigrant communities to the variety and vibrancy of modern America. The essays range from art to politics, popular culture to sport, immigration and race to religion and war. Varied, extensive and challenging, this Companion is essential reading for students and teachers of American studies around the world. It is the most accessible and useful introduction available to an exciting range of topics in modern American culture.

Required Reading
2009 Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama W. W. Norton
ISBN 0393932435 ISBN-13 9780393932430

Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama is the ideal focal point for the study of Irish literature and culture and, because of its many great twentieth-century works, for the study of drama more generally.

Required Reading
01/02/2012 Creating Learning Without Limits Open University Press

Required Reading
01/02/2009 Creative Facilitation VSSD

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Beckett, Samuel: The Complete Dramatic Works, Faber, London, 2006

Brecht, Bertolt: 2014, On Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic, Methuen, London,

Carlson, Marvin: 1993, Theories of the Theatre: A Historical and Critical Survey, Cornell UP, New York,

Derek Attridge, ed.: 1999, The Cambridge Companion to Joyce, UP Cambridge, Cambridge,

Esslin, Martin: 2014, The Theatre of the Absurd, Bloomsbury, London,

Fortier, Mark.: 2002, Theory/Theatre: An Introduction, Routledge, London,

Frederic Jameson: 1996, Postmodernism, Duke, NC,

Friel, Brian: 1990, Dancing at Lughnasa, Faber and Faber,

Harris Smith, Susan: 2006, American Drama: The Bastard Art. Cambridge, Cambridge UP,

Ibsen, Henrik: 1992, A Doll's House, Dover Thrift,

Jean Francois Lyotard: 0, The Postmodern Condition, University of Minnesota,

Kiberd, Declan: 1995, Inventing Ireland, Vintage,

Marjore Perloff: 1998, Postmodern Genres, Oklahoma UP, Oklahoma,

Marjore Perloff: 2012, Unoriginal Genius, University of Chicago,

Michael Bradbury and James McFarlane: 1976, Modernism: 1890-1930, Penguin, New York,

Moretti, Franco: 2004, The Novel (2 vols), Princeton, New York,

O'Casey, Sean: 1985, The Dublin Trilogy, The Shadow of a Gunman, Macmillan, London,

Pinter, Harold: 1991, The Birthday Party, Faber and Faber,

Rachel Bowlby: 1999, Feminist Destinations and Further Essays on Virginia Woolf, Edinburgh UP, Edinburgh,

Shaw, George Bernard: 2004, George Bernard Shaw's Plays, W.W. Norton,

Stylan, J.L.: 1983, Modern Drama in Theory and Practice: Volumes 1-3, Cambridge UP,

Wilde, Oscar: 2007, The Importance of Being Earnest, Penguin Classics,

Willet, Ralph: 1978, Brecht on Theatre, Methuen,

Williams, Tennessee: 2009, A Streetcar Named Desire, Penguin,

Journal Resources

JSTOR available in IT Sligo library

Project Muse

Digital Humanities Quarterly

The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities

URL Resources

Modernist Cultures -

Modern American Poetry -

Project Gutenberg -

BBC - Modern Literature  -