This is the class blog for Modernism and Empire, taught within the English Department of the National University of Singapore.

Course description:

This advanced course will be devoted to exploring the history of the Modernist movement through considering how Modernism was constructed through the involvement of European artists with faraway, “exotic” colonies. How did these influential works of art and literature draw their aesthetic value from their encounter with Empire? How did the “non-European” world then figure into Modernist texts and images – how can we see Africa, Asia and Latin America dramatized into a quintessentially “European” movement? Through studying Modernism as a moment of “cultural globalization”, this course will thus introduce students to connections between politics, aesthetics and empire.

Our community bibliography for this class, open for public view, is available at


For more information, please contact the administrator, Adeline Koh, at adelinekoh@gmail.com

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