MENY
This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.


This course provides an introduction to key texts, authors and literary periods in literatures in English from Great Britain and previous British colonies from around the world.

Learning outcome

Knowledge
At the end of the course, students are expected to possess knowledge of:
  • The literary, historical and cultural frameworks that the texts emerge from
  • Modern and classic literary texts in English from different geographical areas
  • Underpinnings, thoughts, and trends in literature in English from the pre-Conquest period up to the present
  • English literature as world literature

Skills
At the end of the course, the student should have acquired these skills:
  • Be able to analyse and understand modern and classic English literary texts from different parts of the world
  • Be able to recognize and discuss a variety of literary genres such as drama, poetry and prose and place them within a literary, geographical and historical context
  • Be able to understand and discuss opposing views on literary texts

General competence
At the end of the course, the students will be able to:
  • Express themselves in correct, varied and precise English, about matters concerning literature and culture
  • Understand, discuss and contextualize literary texts in English from Great Britain and other geographical areas.

Contents

English is a global literary language and English literature is produced all over the world. This course provides an introduction to key texts, authors and literary periods in literatures in English from Great Britain and previous British colonies from around the world. The texts (drama, prose, poetry and essays) range from the pre-Conquest period up until the present and will be read within a literary, cultural, geographical and sociohistorical framework.

Required prerequisite knowledge

None.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course presupposes a solid command of written and spoken English.

Exam

Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/15 hoursA - FEnglish-English dictionary.
One hand written A4-page with notes1)
English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading, as well as course content.
1) Students can bring a paper designed in accordance with guidelines that are made available on Canvas at the start of the semester.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Sonya Louise Lundblad
Course teacher
Allen Clarence Jones , Ingrid Galtung
Programme coordinator
Anne Siri Norland , Karen Marie Espeland

Method of work

Lectures.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
British and Irish Literature (ENG105_1) 10
English Literature after 1950 (ENG130_1) 5
Other Voices - Global English Literature (ENG130_2) 5
British and Irish Literature (MENG105_1) 10
English Literature after 1950 (ÅEN130_1) 5
British Literature and Culture (HU0138_1) 5
British Literature and Culture (HU0138_A) 5
An Introduction to Literature in English (LENG115_1) 15
Introduction to British and Irish Literature (ENG116_1) 10
Introduction to British and Irish Literature (LENG116_1) 10
An Introduction to Literature in English for lector students (LENG114_1) 15

Open to

English Language and Literature - Bachelor's Degree Programme, General Teacher Education, English - One-year programme, History - Bachelor's Degree Programme, Religious Studies - Bachelor's Degree Programme, Nordic Language and Literature - Bachelor's Degree Programme, Teacher Education including an MA, English with Didactics - One-year programme

Course assessment

Quality control by students is a central element of the UiS plan to improve teaching. In the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages this system includes student evaluation of courses.

Literature

The Norton Anthology of English Literature -package 1, A,B, & C. 978-0393603125

The Norton Anthology of English Literature -package 2, D,E, & F 978-0393603132

William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Norton Critical Edition) 9780393978193

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Norton Critical Edition) 9780393927931

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (Norton Critical Edition) 9780393264876

Elif Shafak, Honour 978-0241972946

David Jones, In Parenthesis 978-1590170366

Supplemental texts:

Paul Poplawski English Literature in Context 978131650 6639

M.H. Abrams A Glossary of Literary Terms 9781285465067

Jonathan Bate, English Literature: A Very Short Introduction 9780199569267

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Primary Texts found in The Norton Anthology of English Literature:


The texts below are to be read in addition to the larger works listed for purchase above. Introductions to periods and to authors along with short background prose works (TBA) are required reading for the course. These are found in The Norton Anthology of English Literature Volumes A-F alongside the following required primary texts:

Volume A The Medieval Period

Beowulf

The Wanderer

"I Sing of a Maiden"

Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, and Layamon: "The Myth of Arthur’s Return"

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

selections from Geoffrey Chaucer The Canterbury Tales' "General Prologue"

selections from The Second Shepherd’s Play

Volume B The Sixteenth Century & Early Seventeenth Century

Thomas More Utopia, selections from Book II.

Sir Philip Sidney, selections from The Defence of Poesy

Henry Howard "Alas! so all things now do hold their peace"

William Shakespeare "Sonnet 12, When I do count the clock..."

William Shakespeare, The Tempest*

John Donne "Holy Sonnet 18" and "The Canonization"

John Milton, selections from Paradise Lost

Volume C The Restoration & the Eighteenth Century

William Hogarth Marriage A-la- Mode

Samuel Johnson The Vanity of Human Wishes

Volume D Romantic Period

William Wordsworth selections from Lyrical Ballads & "Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey"

Percy Bysshe Shelley selections from A Defence of Poetry & "Ozymandias" & "To Wordsworth"

John Keats, excerpts from letters & "Ode to a Nightingale" & “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Mary Wollstonecraft selections from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman


Mary Shelley, Frankenstein*


Volume E Victorian Period

Coventry Patmore "The Angel in the House"

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre *

Lord Alfred Tennyson "Ulysses"

George Orwell "Shooting of an Elephant"

Volume F Twentieth Century and Beyond

William Butler Yeats "The Second Coming" and "Easter 1916"


T. S. Eliot selections from Tradition and the Individual Talent, selections from The Wasteland
& "The Hollow Men"


David Jones, In Parenthesis*


Chinua Achebe "Civil Peace"

Zadie Smith "The Waiter's Wife"

Elif Shafak, Honour *
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*purchased separately in the campus bookstore, see ISBN-13 numbers above.


This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 24.08.2019