Introduction to the Study of Literature in English

Course Code :1103FLWTLE
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st/2nd semester
Contact hours:38
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Vanessa Joosen
Hava Rosenberg

3. Course contents *

This course introduces the concept of the canon, "literature in English" and literary history, and then provides a historical overview of the development of literature in English, from Beowulf to the present day.

In addition, students follow 6 seminars in smaller groups where they discuss recent literary texts in English (4 novels and 1 short story), as well as a critical article. In these seminars, we reflect on contemporary forms of canonisation.

Finally, students complete one writing assigment in which they present a short analysis of a literary text.

 

Programme 2017-2018

 

Introduction to the Study of Literature in English – 2017-2018

 

Professor Vanessa Joosen

 

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Major Authors. Ninth edition, 2 vols. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. New York/London: Norton, 2013.

4 novels (see details below – seminar reading)

Available at De Groene Waterman, Wolstraat, Antwerpen

 

1st  & 2nd semester:  Monday, 9-10 am (R230)

 

Contact details: vanessa.joosen@uantwerpen.be

hava.rosenberg@uantwerpen.be

 

! Always check Blackboard before you send emails to your tutors !

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

2/10/2017: Introduction

 

 

THE MIDDLE AGES

                       

09/10/2017: Middle Ages I: Anglo-Saxon Literature

 

            PREPARE  Introduction: pp. 3-25

 

READ Beowulf (Introduction pp. 36-41; pp. 41-43, lines 1-114; p. 71, l. 1383-96; p. 106, l. 3137-82)

 

 

16/10/2017: Middle Ages II: Middle English Literature in the 14th and 15th Centuries

 

PREPARE   Introduction Sir Gawain: pp. 135-137

 

READ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (pp. 137-147; Part I: lines 1-490)

 

 

23/10/2017: Middle Ages III

 

PREPARE  Introduction Geoffrey Chaucer: pp. 188-193

 

READ Geoffrey Chaucer, The General Prologue (from: The Canterbury Tales): pp. 194-214

 

 

THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY              

 

30/10/2017: The Sixteenth Century I

 

PREPARE   Introduction William Shakespeare: pp. 535-540

 

READ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Blackboard)

 

 

06/11/2017: The Sixteenth Century II  

 

 

READ William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (Blackboard)

 

 

13/11/2017: The Sixteenth Century III

 

PREPARE   Introduction: pp. 349-379

 

READ Thomas Wyatt, They Flee from Me, p. 385

Edmund Spenser, Sonnet 75, p. 477

William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18, pp. 541-542

 

 

THE EARLY SEVENTEENTH CENTURY                    

 

20/11/2017: Early Seventeenth Century I

 

PREPARE   Introduction pp. 637-663

PREPARE   Introduction Milton: pp. 768-772 + pp. 799-800

 

READ John Milton, Paradise Lost (The Verse +          Book I,             lines 1-26 [pp. 801-802];

lines 752-798 [pp. 818-819];

                                                                                   Book X, lines 720-765 [pp. 916-917])

 

27/11/2017: Early Seventeenth Century II (Guest lecture by Pim Verhulst)

 

READ John Donne, The Sun Rising, p. 672

George Herbert, Easter Wings, p. 733

Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress, p. 751-752

 

 

RESTORATION & EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY LITERATURE

           

4/12/2017: Restoration & 18th Century I

 

PREPARE   Introduction pp. 931-958; 1004-1006

 

READ Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (fragment), pp. 1010-1037

 

 

11/12/2017: Restoration & 18th Century II

 

PREPARE   Introductions Swift & Gray: pp. 1055-1056; p. 1395

 

READ Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal, pp. 1199-1205

            Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, pp. 1396-1400

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ROMANTIC PERIOD

 

18/12/2017: The Romantic Period I

 

PREPARE   Introduction: Volume B, pp. 3-27

                    Introductions Blake & Wordsworth: pp. 43-46; pp. 124-127

 

READ William Blake, The Lamb & The Tyger, pp. 58-59 

 

                        William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads, pp. 135-147; My Heart Leaps Up, p.

178; I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud: pp 177-178

 

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK AND EXAM PERIOD

 

 

12/2/18:            INTERMEZZO                        Instructions Writing Assignment

                       

            READ Ernest Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants (handout)

 

 

19/02/2018: The Romantic Period II

 

PREPARE   Introductions Coleridge & Keats: pp. 250-252; pp. 466-469

           

READ Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, pp. 256-272

 

John Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, pp. 494-496

 

 

26/02/2018: The Romantic Period III

 

 

READ Walt Whitman, Song of Myself (handout)

 

 

THE VICTORIAN AGE

 

05/03/2018: Victorian Age I  

 

 

            !           Hand in writing assignment   !

 

            Submit a hardcopy in class and send a digital version to Hava Rosenberg

 

 

 

PREPARE   Introduction: pp. 533-557; Introductions Carlyle & Tennyson: pp. 560-563; 613-616

 

READ Thomas Carlyle, Captains of Industry (from: Past and Present), pp. 580-584

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Charge of the Light Brigade, pp. 681-682

 

12/03/2018: Victorian Age II

 

READ Henry James, Daisy Miller: A Study (handout)

 

19/03/2018: Victorian Age III (video class)

 

PREPARE   Introduction Oscar Wilde: pp. 874-877

 

READ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, pp. 886-929

 

 

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND AFTER

 

26/03/2018: 20th Century I

 

PREPARE   Introduction: pp. 959-982; Introductions Yeats & Joyce: pp. 1057-1060; pp. 1221-1223

 

READ W. B. Yeats,     Easter 1916, pp. 1068-1070   

The Second Coming , pp. 1073-1074

                        James Joyce,   Araby, pp. 1223-1227

 

 

EASTER BREAK

 

16/04/2018: 20th Century II  

 

PREPARE   Introductions T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, pp. 1298-1301; pp. 1095-1102;

 

READ T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, pp. 1330-1336

            T.S. Eliot, “The Waste Land” (fragment), p. 1306-1307

            Virginia Woolf, Modern Fiction, pp. 1102-1107

            Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (fragment), p. 1109

 

23/04/2018: 20th Century III  

 

PREPARE   Introduction Samuel Beckett: pp. 1353-1355

 

READ Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, pp. 1355-1411

 

 

07/05/2018:  20th Century IV

 

PREPARE        Introduction W.H. Auden: pp. 1411-1412

 

READ W. H. Auden, Musée des Beaux-Arts, pp. 1415-1416

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California (handout)

 

14/05/2018: 20th Century V  

 

READ Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman from The Woman Warrior (handout)

 

21/05/2018       No class.

                        Deadline for questions about the course and the exam. These will be addressed on

                        Blackboard (forum)

 

 

 

 

ISLE  Seminar Reading 2017-2018

 

 

Please check the dates for your specific group in SISA

 

 

Seminar 1. (3-9-10-16 0ctober 2017)

 

READ              “Walker Brothers Cowboy” by Alice Munro (Nobel Prize Winner, short story, Canadian)

                        Norton Anthology, Vol. II. pp. 1458-68.

 

Seminar 2. (23-24 October / 6-7 November 2017)

 

READ              On Beauty by Zadie Smith

 

Seminar 3. Taught by Hava Rosenberg (27-28 November / 4-5 December 2017)

 

READ              Academic article                                   

Beidler, Peter G. “Chaucer's Wife of Bath's ‘Foot-mantel’ and her ‘Hipes Large.’” Chaucer Review 34.4 (2000): 388-397.

                        Download from: http://muse.jhu.edu/article/8454/pdf

 

Seminar 4. Taught by Hava Rosenberg (12-13-19-20 February 2018)

 

READ              Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee      

 

Seminar 5. Taught by Justyna FruziƄska (19-20 March)

 

READ              Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro    

 

Seminar 6. (23-24 April / 7-8 May)

 

READ              Paper Towns by John Green