A Hypertext Resource for Literature
Modernism Module, Spring 2003
This page contains the assignments from the Modernism module "Looming Moderns: Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Beckett" with links to the online readings and to supporting materials.
Friday, April 11
Monday, April 14
Group I Response: open response.
Wednesday, April 16
Group II Response: open response.
Friday, April 18
Group III Response: open response.
Monday, April 21
Group IV Response: open response.
Wednesday, April 23
Group V Response: open response.
Friday, April 25
Group VI Response: open response.
Monday, April 28
Group I Response: This novel is famous for its virtuosic narration. Discuss the way Woolf creates action, the way the narration shifts from one topic to the next, or anything else about the way the story is told. Also, given the difficulty of following the novel on a first reading, please feel free to ask for clarifications.
Wednesday, April 30
Group II Response: Follow the example of the last Frankenstein responses by discussing something we touched on in the first part of the novel that is developed or transformed in the latter part.
Friday, May 2
Group III Response: Discuss some aspect of the ways that Woolf employs the conventions of fiction to construct this lecture. Why is this more than a transcript of a political speech?
Monday, May 5
PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE
Group IV Response: Discuss some aspect of the way that the specifically dramatic functions of this text work. You might discuss props, stage directions, directorial decisions, room for actors' decisions to come into play, or anything else that applies to this text that would not apply to non-dramatic fiction.
Wednesday, May 7
Group V Response: Discuss any aspect of the play with an eye toward staging it; give an example, in other words, of a decision you would need to make in directing the play and what the decision would imply about your interpretation of Endgame.
Friday, May 9
Last day: wrapping up, questions about the final paper or exam, weeping.
Friday, May 16
FINAL EXAM AT 2:00 PM
Note: Please, please, please get these papers in on time. I am not allowed to accept any work after 5:00 on Friday of finals week, so there is not much leeway here. It is almost impossible to pass the class with no credit for the final paper.