Subject: ENGL10001 Modern and Contemporary Literature
3 Comments on ENGL10001 Modern and Contemporary Literature
A thoroughly interesting subject that inspired me and made me love reading so much more. The content load is quite heavy- reading a book a week and so there is not enough time to critically engage in any one text as tutorials are only for an hour. I found that if I didn't enjoy a specific novel I didn't really read the whole thing or was as active in that week. Definitely look at the novels you're studying and if they look interesting then do this subject!
This subject was definitely the lesser of the two first year English subjects on offer, although I did still manage to enjoy certain tutorials immensely because I had a great tutor. I was lucky enough to have completed Literature and Performance prior to this subject, so I felt I had an adequate foundation for what was expected within the task. However, if you have not completed the prior subject, you definitely might struggle as it is not very clearly explained. Furthermore, I would definitely check the text list to see if you would enjoy the texts on offer, as I found certain weeks very tedious (Elliot/Joyce) while really enjoying others (Salinger/Woolf). I would definitely recommend Literature and Performance over this subject, but if you intend to be an English major, it is probably worth completing both subjects to build on your skills.
This is a good introduction to the English major/minor. The books were split into 3 categories, modern, post-war and contemporary, and included many interesting reads (especially the post-war period with Catcher in the Rye, Waiting for Godot & Sylvia Plath's poetry). The tutorials were great for general discussion, and the assessments were great since you had freedom over what texts and themes you wanted to write about. However, the lectures were very biographical which was not helpful at all since you couldn't use that info in the assessments. Some interesting info though. (Note I did this in sem 2 2019). Good subject overall