Modernism/Postmodernism (CULT 432)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Cultural Studies(CULT)
Sibel Irzık,
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CULT201 HUM201
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Discussion based learning
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Modernism and postmodernism have been two of the dominant trends of the 20th century in fields ranging from literature to visual culture and beyond. This course will explore some of the debates around modernism and postmodernism through theoretical texts as well as through works which have influenced or have been influenced by the course of these ideas.


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  • an understanding of the key concepts and the range of theoretical positions and debates on the nature of modernism and postmodernism
  • ability to identify the defining characteristics of modernism and postmodernism in literature and the visual arts
  • ability to analyze specific literary and visual texts through research questions relevant to the issues of modernism and postmodernism


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 5

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Develop knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in humanities and social sciences. 4

2. Assess how global, national and regional developments affect society. 4

3. Know how to access and evaluate data from various sources of information. 4

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the multiple methodologies and interpret different approaches, concepts, and theoretical legacies in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies. 5

2. Identify interconnections of knowledge within and across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, literature, visual studies, philosophy, and geography. 5

3. Cultivate a critical approach to the study of culture, articulating the relations between culture, power, and history; exploring cultural diversity and socio-cultural change at the local, national and global level; and exploring the corresponding demands for rights and social justice. 5

4. With the use of appropriate technologies, be able to present advanced oral and written evaluations of developments in the realm of cultural production, consumption, and representation. 5

1. Demonstrate safe working habits and a general understanding of materials and processes in the visual arts. 1

2. Demonstrate knowledge of representational processes using visual as well as audial material as mediums of representation. 3

3. Show working knowledge of the process of transforming abstract/textual concepts into concrete, audio/visual forms. 1

4. Appreciate and express the cultural significance of art and understand its evolution and purposes. 5

5. Develop an awareness of compositional and organizational strategies for the effective deployment of formal elements of visual art. 3

6. Read visual texts with a deep knowledge of art history and theory and the ability of situating the content and form of the visual representation both in a historical and thematic context. 3

7. Employ necessary background knowledge regarding art administration in the body of museums and galleries. 2

8. Show a practical and technical command of materials and methods in one or more media of the visual arts. 1


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 30
Term-Paper 50



Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot.
Walter Benjamin. Illuminations. Trans. Harry Zohn. N Y: Schocken Books, 1985.
Marshall Berman. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air. N Y: Penguin, 1988.
Italo Calvino. if on a winter's night a traveler.
Feodor Dostoevsky. Notes from the Underground.
Hal Foster. Ed. The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture. N Y: New Press, 1998.
Fredric Jameson. Postmodernism. Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 1991.
Franz Kafka. The Trial.
V. Kolocotroni. Et. al. Ed. Modernism: An Anthology of Sources & Documents. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 1998