The Modernist Revolution in Britain:
From Forster to Woolf, Sickert to Bomberg
Oxford Experience week 6: 4 - 10 August 2013
tutor: Henry Mead
This is one of the new courses offered in the 2013 programme:
This course will present a distinctly English perspective on the wave of revolutionary practices in writing and art that coincided with the beginning of the twentieth century. It seemed to some British critics that ‘modernist’ techniques, including free verse, the ‘stream of consciousness’ novel, and the use of abstract form in art, were foreign imports from the continent. This course asks whether there was such a thing as an indigenous British modernism; how far the undoubted European influence was melded with home-grown ideas. The distinctions being made will be set in their historical context, and we will discuss Britain’s position in the wider world from 1890 to 1940; the decline of Empire, social and political problems within England, particularly in the Edwardian period; and the impact of the First World War.
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Henry Mead has a doctorate from Worcester College, Oxford, and has taught courses on modernist writing over five years. His thesis focuses on the work of T.E. Hulme at the socialist journal the New Age. He has published on Hulme's early modernism, and will co-edit an anthology of essays on modernist broadcasting for the Continuum Press. He is preparing articles on George Orwell, Charles Ginner, Wyndham Lewis and David Bomberg, and has a general interest in modernist networks in London, Paris and New York from 1890 to 1940.