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EN959 - Modernism & Psychoanalysis

  • Module code: EN959
  • Module name: Modernism & Psychoanalysis
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will look at the relationship between psychoanalysis and modernist literature in the context of the elaboration of new dicourses of subjectivity and culture in the twentieth century. While examining certain clear instances of explicit ‘influence’ between analytic and literary texts, we will also look at modernist literature and psychoanalysis as parallel and at times competing discourses intent on examining similar problems and texts.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of this module the student should have: acquired familiarity with certain key concepts in the history of psychoanalysis, such as ‘The Unconscious’, ‘Displacement’, ‘Sublimation’ and ‘Fantasy’; studied key modernist texts in the light of current critical issues within modernist studies such as ‘Language and the Subject’, ‘Politics, Ethics and the Work of Art’; learnt to question conventional generic divisions, such as those between "creative" and "theoretical" texts.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour weekly seminar

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN959-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN959-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN959-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN959-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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