INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
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|This course is designed to give an overview of the first half of the twentieth century in English Literature. We will be examining most important authors and their canonical texts, and more importantly what they have contributed to our understanding of the modern world as it is and our cultural contexts. The specific emphasis will be given to reading primary texts, secondary texts and class-discussions. The course will also give insight into the history and development of the field of literary theory and criticism. Through relevant texts you will explore the many methods of literary analysis, ranging from hermeneutics and New Criticism, to newer approaches, such as deconstruction and other forms of postmodern thought. The second section will use Watty Piper’s “The Little Engine that Could” as the main text for literary analysis, in an effort to demonstrate the practical application of the theories in class, which, if they can be applied to a work of children’s literature, certainly can be utilized for larger segments of texts and in-class readings.
|1. To familiarize students with the most prominent authors in English Literature of the period and their canonical works.
2. To help students develop critical reading skills and acquire analytical approaches to literary texts as cultural artifacts.
3. To help students practice and develop written discourse about literary texts.
4. To help students develop ways of translating old canonical texts into modern cultural practice and understanding.
5. To cultivate a love of reading in students.
- 1. THOMAS HARDY: On the Western Circuit, The Ruined Maid. What is Literature? Theory and philosophy, literary theory and history of modern criticism, school of suspicion, tbc.-- Assigned reading: Foucault, Michel, What Is an Author? Barthes, Roland, The Death of the Author
- 2. JOSEPH CONRAD: Amy Foster Author and AuthorityThe authorial role, founders of discursivity, critique of the author function.
- 3. A. E. HOUSMAN: Loveliest of Trees, When I Was One-and-Twenty, To an Athlete Dying Young, Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff. Author and AuthorityThe authorial role, founders of discursivity, critique of the author function.
- 4. VOICES FROM WORLD WAR I- RUPERT BROOKE: The Soldier; EDWARD THOMAS-Adlestrop, Tears; SIEGFRIED SASSOON-‘They,’ The Rear-Guard, The General, Glory of Women, Everyone Sang; WILFRED OWEN: Dulce Et Decorum Est. The Autonomous Artwork New Criticism, Formalism and Kant, Wimsatt and Beardsley, intention and meaning.
- 5. WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS: The Stolen Child The Second Coming, Sailing to Byzantium. Russian Formalism Defamiliarization, poetic and practical language, plot and story.--Assignment: Claude Levi-Strauss, The Structural Study of Myth.
- 6. E. M. FORSTER: The Other Boat. Semiotics and Structuralism Saussure and semiology, positive and negative knowledge, the structure of myth. --Assignment: Roman Jakobson, Linguistics and Poetics
- 7. VIRGINIA WOOLF: The Mark on the Wall Linguistics and Literature Formalism and semiotics, Jakobson’s poetic functions, metaphor and metonymy.--Assignment: Jacques Derrida, Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences
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- 8. JAMES JOYCE: Araby, The Dead. Deconstruction Levi-Strauss and Derrida, Event and History, language and writing.
- 9. D. H. LAWRENCE: Odour of Chrysanthemums, The Horse Dealer’s Daughter, Why the Novel Matters Freud and Fiction Paul Brooks, beyond the pleasure principle, the Oedipus complex, the Death wish. Assignment: T. S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent
- 10. T. S. ELIOT: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land (Burial of the Dead), The Hollow Men Influence Bloom and Eliot, mimesis and imitatio, misreading the precursor text.
- 11. KATHERINE MANSFIELD: The Daughters of the Late Colonel, The Garden Party Post-Colonial Criticism Said and Bhabha, orientalism, the master-slave dialectic, hybridity.
- 12. JEAN RHYS: The Day They Burned the Books, Let Them Call It Jazz Postmodernism What is postmodernism, dehumanization, the rhizome, the postmodern psyche.--Assignment: Knapp, Steven and Walter Benn Michaels, Against Theory
- 13. GEORGE ORWELL: Shooting an Elephant, Politics and the English Language Literary Theory as Neo-Pragmatism--What is theory good for, language and speech, final reflections on “The Little Engine that Could”.
- 14. SAMUEL BECKETT: Endgame Review
- Discussions and group work
- Student debates
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- • M. H. Abrams. Norton Anthology of English Literature Volume 2. Eighth Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.
- • Tess of the D\'Urbervilles (1892) by Thomas Hardy
- • Sons and Lovers (1913) by D.H. Lawrence
- • A Passage to India (1924) by E.M. Forster
- • Mrs Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf
- • A Handful of Dust (1934) by Evelyn Waugh
- • Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell
- • 1984 (1949) by George Orwell
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