School of English and Drama

High and Low Moderns

Module code: ESH6003

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 12 pm - 2 pm

Contact: Dr Kitt Price
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module introduces a broad range of literary and cultural production from Britain in the 1920s and 30s, including: pulp fiction, middlebrow writing, journalism, advertising, science fiction, radio and cinema. The focus across these different media will be on how different authors conceive of audiences as a site of conflict or negotiation between 'high' and 'low' culture. We will be especially concerned with the depiction of audiences as consumers of new and old media, and with the diverse uses of science and technology for high-, middle- and lowbrow ends. We will also question the categorisation of literature and culture in these vertical terms and ask what the alternatives might be.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6