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
2023/4, 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:

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