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The British Modernists of the twentieth century found themselves at a confusing crossroads: the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 put a new figure, Edward VII, on the throne; the advent of World War I followed by World War II threatened British sovereignty; and new technologies and defiance of traditional ideas shifted Modern Britain’s sense of itself and its place in the world. Modernist literature often attempts to distance itself from its Victorian past (disjunction) at the same time it confronts (collides with) the new to create change. This class will read across the genres—poetry, drama, prose—of Modernist literature with the aim of exposing the collisions and disjunctions with the past that challenged twentieth-century culture and British ideals.


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