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Course Description
05-27-2012, 12:40 PM
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Course Description
Course Description:

The third year novel course covers the following literary movements: romanticism, realism, modernism, postmodernism.
The novel course in the third year is an extended subject, covering both the first and second terms. One hour is devoted for the general lecture and one hour for the individual classes. Teachers in the general lectures and in the different sections work in coordination. Hence, the background material introduces the students to several literary movements and is dealt with in the general lectures, while throwing light on the selected texts. In the sections, the ideas covered in the general lectures are closely examined with reference to the texts.

Course Objectives:
• To introduce the students to the socio-political events that start and influence a literary movement
• To introduce the students to the novel as a reflection of various socio-cultural conditions
• To introduce the students to the novel as a literary record of intellectual shifts and transformations
• To recognize the novel as a tool for socio-cultural discourse
• To introduce the students to the aspects/elements that cause a given novel/short story belong to a particular literary movement
• To study the novel as a work of art

Assigned Novels:
Romanticism (including the Gothic as a subgenre of the Romantic Movement) is illustrated by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Realism is extensively discussed with reference to George Eliot’s The Mill on The Floss
Modernism in relation to James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Postmodernism is illustrated by Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber”

Theoretical Material:
Chew, Samuel C. and Richard D. Altick. “Romanticism.” The Nineteenth-Century and After. Literary History of England IV. Ed. A. Baugh. London: Routledge, 1967.
Botting, Fred. Gothic. London and New York: Routledge, 1996.
Kettle, Arnold. “Realism and Romance.” An Introduction to the English Novel. Vol.1
Watt, Ian. “Realism and the Novel Form.” The Rise of the Novel
“New Forms: Reshaping the Novel.”
“New Difficulties.”
Alastair Fowler, “Postmodernism.” A History of English Literature. London: Blackwell, 1987.

The students’ evaluation is based on the final exam held at the end of the second term, and is marked out of 20.

Learning Outcome:
• Analyse a literary text in the light of the aspects of a given literary movement
• Analyse the cultural component in the novel
• Acquire sensitivity to the English culture
• Develop analytical skills
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