30 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: Towards the end of the nineteenth century, a wave of artists and scholars channelled their consciousness that the world had changed definitively into an outpouring of hope and anxiety, triumph and despair, and gave a label to their period which they saw as the end of everything that had gone before: the fin-de-siècle. The object of this course is to gain an understanding of the phenomenon of the fin-de-siècle in Europe, and its cultural and literary manifestations, through an analysis of a variety of sources, including novels, poetry, theatre, science and scientific writing, art, architecture, private correspondence, non-fictional prose and criticism - all dating between roughly 1880 and 1910. This interdisciplinary course will draw upon the methodologies of both History and Literature while reflecting upon these sources. This was a period of great instability in respect of norms of conduct and comprehension in respect of gender, sexuality, time, science & truth, psychology, class, nationhood and race - responses to such concerns will feature heavily in the chosen literature. In literary terms, the period marks a period of stark transition, and the beginnings of modernism.

Staff Contact: Beky Hasnip
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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