LIT301 Modernism (8)

The subject is a study of major works of literature in English of the era 1890-1930, an era in which the loss of faith in traditional authority that characterises modernity in general became particularly evident in the literary realm (and the aesthetic realm in general). The subject not only focuses on key literary texts of the era, but also interrogates the problematic concepts of 'the modern' and of 'modernism', an interrogation which broaches issues of gender and race.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LIT301. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of how to read literary texts that consciously break with traditional modes of representation
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of historical factors that have contributed to the development of literary experimentation in the era of high modernism
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the theoretical issues at stake in thematising the concepts of the modern and of modernism


This subject will cover the following topics:

Study of major modernist literary works of the era 1890-1930 Analysis of issues that arise out of the break (which marks these texts) with traditional modes of literary representation Interrogation of concepts of the modern, modernism and modernity

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of LIT301 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Simple essay
Research essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.