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ENGS40-41 Nihilism and Modernity 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
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Englannin kielen, kirjallisuuden ja kääntämisen tutkinto-ohjelma
School of Language, Translation and Literary Studies

General description

Modernity is associated with the disenchantment of the world, the dissolution of myths and the destruction of grand narratives. Theorists have debated whether aesthetic modernism can be viewed as a fitting response to the pessimism inherent in modernity or a nihilistic pursuit in itself. We will examine a number of past and contemporary poems, plays, novels and short stories that reflect the perceived meaninglessness of modern life. The texts will include selections from the Earl of Rochester and Alexander Pope to Samuel Beckett and Cormac McCarthy. Assessment: class participation, group work, essay.

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Tommi Kakko, Teacher responsible


11-Jan-2017 – 26-Apr-2017
Wed 11-Jan-2017 - 26-Apr-2017 weekly at 12-14, Pinni B 4118