LIT252 : LIT 252 International Avant-Gardes (1874-1949)

Convener(s): Dr Sam Ladkin


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

We will consider various high-points of the various avant-gardes in Europe and the US. The module provides an introduction to the modernisms that predominated in the early twentieth century. It is a comparative course, situating literary works alongside developments in art. The module will take a snapshot of the major cities of avant-garde experimentation at moments of particular interest. In essays you are encouraged to consider works of literature and/or artworks in other media. This is not a straightforward and reassuring course, but rather one that encourages you into exploratory close readings of a wide variety of artworks. The reading for this course is all in English, though the vast majority is in translation. 1: Introduction, Paris 1957 – Modernist Spleen 2: Paris, 1874 – Salon des Refusés 3: Italy, 1909 – Futurism 4: Moscow, 1912 - Russian Futurism to Constructivism 5: London, 1914-15 - Vorticism 6: Zurich, 1916 - Dada 8: Berlin & Hannover, 1918 - Dada 9: New York, 1920 - Dada 10: Paris, 1924 - Surrealism 11: Paris - After Surrealism 12: Art Brut Suggested Reading: Leah Dickerman, ed. Dada: Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris Peter Nicholls, Modernisms Hopkins, David. Dada and Surrealism


Teaching takes the form of a 1-hour seminar, twice a week, over eleven weeks. The seminars will be discussion led, and are used to introduce the aims and produce the outcomes of the course in detail. The remaining hours per week of study for this module are to be divided between seminar preparation (directed reading), small group work, individual research, and preparation for assessments.


10% Seminar Participation & Seminar Presentations 30% Coursework Essay: 1500 words 60% Final Assessment Essay: 3000 words

Contact Details

Dr Sam Ladkin

Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:40:18 PM (BST)

Please note: This module may or may not run in any individual session. Please check with the course convener.


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK