Summer Semester, 1hr lecture, 2x2hrs of tutorial per week, 1+3+2E=6 ECTS credits
PREREQUISITES: completion of the courses on British poetry, drama, and novel to the 20th Century.
FORMAT: lecture and tutorial/discussion.
CONTENT: The course is a survey of modern English novel, drama and poetry. Novel-related themes under discussion include symbolism, impressionism, and stream of consciousness in Modernist fiction; Antiutopian literature; Angry young men; Realistic vs. Postmodernist fiction: individual and society, new narrative methods, magical realism; new literatures in English; literary theories in application to critical analysis. In the modern drama section the focus is on the most outstanding dramatists and their share in both the continuation of older dramatic forms and subject matters as well as their new achievements. The main themes examined are: idea-plays; the rise of Irish theatre; verse-drama; Angry Young Men and Kitchen Sink Drama; the theatre of the Absurd and its offshoots; the theatre of Violence. The following concepts are discussed extensively: literary and theatrical theory of drama, kinds of imagery in drama, metatheatre. Video tapes are used and differences between the stage and video/film versions are analysed. The survey of the twentieth century poetry includes the following topics: First World War Poets; Imagism and Symbolism; Varieties of Modernism (Yeats, Eliot); Poetry of the Thirties; Dylan Thomas and The New Apocalypse; The Movement (Larkin) and reaction against it (Hughes, Plath); Poetry from Northern Ireland; Martian Poets.
Malcolm Bradbury, The Modern British Novel
David Lodge, The Art of Fiction
Andrew Sanders, The Short Oxford History of English Literature
Raman Selden, Practising Theory and Reading Literature
Ian Hamilton (ed.): The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry
Edward Lucie-Smith: British Poetry since 1945
Neil Corcoran: English Poetry since 1940
Geoffrey Leech: A Linguistic Guide to English Poetry
ASSESSMENT: A grade based on class participation and written assignments. Final exam.
American Literature 1
Summer Semester, 2hrs of lecture, 2 hrs of tutorial per week, 2+2=4 ECTS credits
TEACHERS: lecture: senior Polish faculty; tutorial: Polish staff and visiting American faculty.
FORMAT: lecture and tutorial.
CONTENT: Varieties of colonial writings in English. The Puritan impact, its cultural and esthetic significance. American cultural centers and cultural polarities in the seventeenth century. Development of prose genres - varieties of the novel, the short story. Major figures of the American Renaissance. The 19th century literary establishment, literary magazines, publishing business, popular authors. The change in the cultural and literary scene after the Civil War: literary regions; rise and flourishment of realism. Naturalism and the American literary scene at the turn of the centuries. The pull of Europe, early expatriates.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose is to give, in the lecture course, an overview of the development of American literature from the its beginnings to the present. On the other hand, the class reading/discussion sessions provide the opportunity to get acquainted with important works by American authors and to develop topics covered by the lectures through discussions and analysis of literary texts. The whole course aims at giving rudimentary knowledge of the historical development of American literature.
ASSESSMENT: Student’s grade at the end of that semester is based on lecture/class attendance, participation in class discussions, class presentation , a term paper and/or mid- term test.