Επισκόπηση Αγγλικής Λογοτεχνίας ΙΙ

Κίτση-Μυτάκου Αικατερίνη

Description

This module surveys English literature and culture from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. Its aim is to acquaint students with the issues and debates which have informed literary and cultural production in Britain in the last two centuries by examining closely selected literary, theoretical and cultural texts of Romanticism,
Victorianism, Modernism and Postmodernism. The study of these texts will be organized around specific sets of concerns (for example, revolution, nation, gender, race, nature, etc.). Through contextual and interactive readings students will be able to follow through transformations in literary representation as these take place in the context of changing historical, cultural, social and political circumstances.

Course code: OCRS448
Category: Αγγλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας » Προπτυχιακό
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Course Units

Week 1, The Rise of Subjectivity – Revolution and the Romantics

  • Edmund Burke, From ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ (187-194)
  • Thomas Pain, From ‘Rights of Man’ (199-203)
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, From ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Men’ (194-199)
  • James Gillray’s ‘Caricatures’
  • William Blake, ‘London’ (132-33)
  • Percy Shelley, ‘England in 1819’ (790)

Week 2, Revolution in Form: Romantic Poetry and the Poet

  • William Wordsworth, From ‘Preface to Lyrical Ballads’ (299-304)
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, From ‘Biographia Literari’ (490-491)
  • Percy Shelley, From ‘A Defence of Poetry’ (856-69)

Nature, the Ordinary and the Sublime

  • William Wordsworth, ‘The Solitary Reaper’ (342), ‘Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey’ (288-92)

Week 3, Beyond Reason

  • John Keats, [Negative Capability] (967), [A Poet Has no Identity] (972-974), ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ (930)

The Gothic (584-85)

  • Horace Walpole, From ‘The Castle of Otranto’ (586)
  • Jane Austen, From ‘Northanger Abbey’, Chapter 5 [Supplement] 

Romantic Sensibility

Week 4, Industrialism: Progress or Decline?

  • Thomas Carlyle, ‘Democracy’ (1067-72)
  • Thomas Macauley, [Evidence of Progress] (1582-87)
  • Charles Dickens, From ‘Oliver Twist’ (Chapter 2)
  • Charles Kingsley, [A London Slum] (1597-99)

Week 5, From Slave Trade to Imperialist Expansion

  • Olaudah Equiano, From ‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano’ (98-105)
  • Thomas Macauley, From ‘Minute on Indian Education’ (1640-42)
  • Joseph Chamberlain, From ‘The True Conception of Empire’ (1662-65)
  • J. A. Hobson, From ‘Imperialism: A Study' (1665-67)
  • Joseph Conrad, From ‘Heart of Darkness’ (1953-1956, 1963-64)

Week 6, Late Victorians, Decadence, Aestheticism (1668-71)

  • Oscar Wilde, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (1733-77)

Week 7, The Turn of the Century: From Realism to Modernism; Modern Fiction

  • Virginia Woolf, ‘Modern Fiction’ (2150-55),
  • James Joyce, From Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (2313-14)
  • D. H. Lawrence, ‘The Odor of Chrysanthemums’ (2483-96)

Week 8, Modernist Poetry

  • T. S. Eliot, ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ (2554)
  • William Butler Yeats, ‘Easter 1916’ (2093), ‘The Second Coming’ (2099), ‘Leda and the Swan’ (2102)

Week 9, The Woman Question Revisited: Women, History & Writing (1/2)

  • Mary Wollstonecraft, From ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Woman’ (217-39)
  • Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, ‘The Other Side of a Mirror’ (1849-50)
  • Virginia Woolf, From ‘A Room of One’s Own’, (2264-72), ‘Professions for Women’ (2272-76)

Week 10, The Woman Question Revisited: Women, History & Writing (2/2)

  • G. B. Shaw, ‘Mrs. Warren’s Profession’
  • Week 11 Postcolonial Englishness – Hybrid Identities & Cultures
  • George Orwell, ‘Shooting an Elephant’ (2605-10)
  • Grace Nicols, ‘The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping’ (2751)
  • Wole Soyinka, ‘Telephone Converstion’ (2736)
  • Derek Walcot, ‘A Far Cry from Africa’ (2801-02)

Week 12, Postmodernism

  • Roland Barthes, ‘The Death of the Author’ [Supplement]
  • Margaret Atwood, ‘Happy Endings’ [Supplement]
  • From Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Introduction

Week 13, Students’ Presentations

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