Teaching Literary Modernism in Under 4 minutes

Tomorrow, my world literature survey begins studying Modernism.  Luckily, I have what may be considered an unhealthy attraction to this literary movement, which could be because the first graduate course I ever took was on Modernism.  I just get all giddy when talking about it how depressive and fragmented (yet brilliant!) modern literature is.

Because of that, I wanted to share with you the video that I intend to start class with tomorrow morning.  It covers pretty much all the bases my lecture will, plus, I just love these kinds of videos. And, in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s safe for work.

I hope you enjoy it!


By B.J. Keeton

B.J. KEETON is a writer, teacher, and runner. When he isn't trying to think of a way to trick Fox into putting Firefly back on the air, he is either writing science fiction, watching an obscene amount of genre television, or looking for new ways to integrate fitness into his geektastic lifestyle. He is also the author of BIRTHRIGHT and co-author of NIMBUS. Both books are available for Amazon Kindle.


  1. Awesome. Since I love mythology, I do like how many of the modernists made allusions to myth, especially Greek myths.

    T.S. Elliot’s The Wasteland has influenced a lot of speculative/fantasy authors too.

    1. It really did. One of the first papers I wrote in grad school was about his influence on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series (The Wasteland, The Waste Lands, really?). It was a lot of fun.

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