Reading the Contemporary - EN842

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
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7 30 (15) Mr J P Virtanen






Information below is for the 2017-18 session.


'Reading the Contemporary' is a cross-disciplinary module the aim of which is to find out what it means to read the contemporary period through its aesthetic practices. The module will be co-taught by staff from the School of English, the School of Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, with seminars alternating between the Canterbury campus and the ICA (London).

The module has three main objectives. First, it will consider what it means, in a theoretical sense, to think about our contemporary moment. Second, it will address key themes and issues in contemporary culture and will consider how they bear on and are shaped by recent aesthetic forms. Third, through the seminars delivered at the ICA, which will arise directly out of the ICA's programme, students will be introduced to examples of current aesthetic practice.


This module appears in:

Preliminary reading

Giorgio Agamben, What is an Apparatus? (Stanford University Press, 2009)
Peter Bürger, Theory of the Avant-Garde (Manchester University Press, 1984)
Steve Collis, Dispatches from the Occupation (Talon Books, 2010)
Marjorie Perloff, Unoriginal Genius (University of Chicago Press, 2010)
Vanessa Place & Robert Fitterman, Notes on Conceptualisms (Ugly Duckling Press, 2010)
Lyndsey Stonebridge, The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg (Edinburgh University Press, 2011)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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