Core Module Information
Module title: Modernisms in the magazines and at the margins

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09137
Module leader: Andrew Frayn
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

This module is comprised of two halves. In the first part of the trimester students will read widely among the magazines which were a fertile breeding ground for modernism in order to understand key debates and contexts in the period. Magazines consulted will range from the socialist The New Age, keenly attentive to the ‘modern’ and world politics, via the Chicago Poetry, in which the first Imagist poems were published, to the Little Review, which at times advocated for feminism and anarchism, and was prosecuted for obscenity for its serialisation of the ‘Nausicaa’ episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. In addition to these sites of literary and artistic modernism, students will be encouraged to research widely in popular and specialist periodicals as diverse as the Pall Mall Magazine, Musical News, and Vogue. The first half of the term will be organised by topic, beginning with manifestoes and definitions of modernism, modernity and the modern before going on to cover: magazines, form and aesthetics; philosophy and politics; technology, the material and the world; and global modernisms. The second half of the module picks up these themes in texts and films which exist at modernism’s margins. Popularity, canonicity, obscenity and technology are addressed in texts which may include E.M. Hull’s notorious novel The Sheik (1919) and the film adaptation starring Rudolph Valentino (dir. George Melford, 1921), D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928) and selections from Rabindranath Tagore. Students will continue to demonstrate their understandings of how these texts contribute to ongoing debates by situating them among contemporary discourses and assessing their reception. This will be situated among critical work that attempts to define modernism and challenges its conceptualisation by critics and theorists such as Harry Levin, Raymond Williams, Douglas Mao and Rebecca Walkowitz, Susan Stanford Friedman and others.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: interpret a range of modernist texts, broadly conceived, in terms of style, form and medium
LO2: demonstrate a secure and nuanced understanding of the dynamic relationship between early twentieth-century intellectual currents, based on reading across a wide range of periodicals, and cultural texts
LO3: evaluate and engage with the role of periodicals and mass media in the construction of modernism
LO4: critically reflect on the development of histories and theories of modernism and modernity
LO5: demonstrate the ability to work both independently and as part of a group

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Andrew Frayn
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module will be taught in a two-hour interactive lecture and a one-hour tutorial. The disparate nature and thematic structure of the material in the first half of the trimester means that there will be a greater focus than usual on interactivity and collaborative learning (LO1, LO5; see below). Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively to navigate the cultural, intellectual and publishing networks and currents of the early twentieth century. This will continue in the second half of the trimester, which will focus on key texts that pick up the themes of the first part of the module, offering an alternative view of the relationship between text and context (LO2).
The focus on wide-ranging research aims to sharpen students’ research skills as they approach their final year. The module also solidifies learning about the early twentieth century that takes place on a variety of other modules with different focuses across the programme (LO3, LO4).

Formative Assessment:
There will be two formative elements.
1) Students will work in groups to compile a document including key facts and resources about topics for each week (LO 5). This will sharpen skills in identifying criticism and appropriate historical information, and will provide a grounding for the whole group. Students will be encouraged to continue to add to this document through the term. Verbal feedback will be provided in the course of in-class discussion by the teaching staff and student peers.
2) Students will have the opportunity to receive formative feedback on one piece for the portfolio (see summative assessment). This feedback will consist of the three most important factors to revise/issues to address ahead of the final submission. Students can submit this at any point up to the end of week 6.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will consist of two parts.
1) A portfolio of four introductions (250 words each, = 1000 words total, 25%) to extracts from the magazines we will discuss in class. Entries should address a single idea (as represented by the first five weeks of the module), but the extracts should come from four different magazines and discuss at least two different authors (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5). The pieces should display a good understanding of magazine form and show clear evidence of strong research skills and sophisticated interpretation of extracts. Students can submit this at any point from the end of week 6 to the end of week 10. This allows them time to engage with formative feedback, consider later teaching on the module, and reduces pressure on a single submission point.
2) A final piece of work (3000 words, 75%) taking one of two forms (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4):
a. either a comparative analysis of two literary and/or film texts from the second half of the module
b. or a discussion of a single text from the second half of the module, extensively situated among contemporary debates by drawing on a variety of magazine extracts.
This piece of work is submitted in week 14.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 25 1, 2, 3, 5 10 , WORDS= 1000
Essay 75 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 25
Component 2 subtotal: 75
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP09137 Modernisms in the Magazines and at the Margins