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An Introduction to Literature in English ENG115

The English language has produced literature building on classical genres since the medieval period, but English literary traditions have been dispersed in a number of ways, as much as the language itself, which became a lingua franca across cultures and contexts, used to express ideas and issues held in common. This course explores literary production in English against socio-historical British contexts in particular, emphasizing shifts in thought as well as genre innovation, medieval to modern. It provides an introduction to key texts, authors and literary periods, exploring the relationship of texts to their contexts and considering multiple perspectives in the periods. 


Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Facts
Course code

ENG115

Credits (ECTS)

15

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Offered by

Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages

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
  • premodern and modern literary texts in English 
  • underpinnings, thoughts, theories of science, hermeneutics, and trends in literature in English from the preconquest period up to the present
  • literary studies methods and ethics of primary source work

Skills

At the end of the course, the student should be able to

  • analyze, understand and explain modern and classic English literary texts from different periods
  • recognize formal features and discuss a variety of literary genres such as drama, poetry and prose and place them within a literary, geographical, social and historical context
  • understand and discuss opposing views on literary texts diachronic and synchronic

General competence

At the end of the course, the students will be able to

  • express themselves in correct, varied and precise English about literature and culture
  • understand, discuss and contextualize literary texts in English 
  • write interpretive literary argument with standard conventions in the field
  • conduct precritical and critical analysis
  • express themselves in correct, varied and precise English, about literature and culture
  • understand, discuss and contextualize literary texts in English
  • write interpretive literary argument with standard conventions in the field
Content
In 1066, English was a language spoken only by a conquered people with a small body of literary texts. Since then, it has expanded and adapted - and adopted words from many languages. A range of aesthetic endeavors arose from these shifts and English has become a lingua franca across cultures today. This course explores literary production in English against socio-historical British contexts, emphasizing shifts in thought as well as genre invention, adaptation, and innovation, medieval to modern. The first half of this course focuses on pre-modern British contexts and literary foundations. The second half explores later periods and genres including works by contemporary British writers. Topics include freedom, heroism, the middle class, gender roles, and questions of authority/leadership, religion, scientific discovery, race relations, and colonialism. It provides an introduction to key texts, authors and literary periods exploring the relationship of texts to the periods from which they arose. 
Required prerequisite knowledge
None
Recommended prerequisites
The course presupposes a solid command of written and spoken English, good typing skills, and previous essay writing instruction along with in-text documentation as the basis of ethical data collection.
Exam

2 written exams

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written mid-term exam 1/2 5 Hours A - F
Written final exam 1/2 5 Hours A - F English-English dictionary. , One hand written A4-page with notes

Students can bring exam aids as the instructor allows and specifies. Two written exams, mid-term and final. Students must pass both exams to earn a final grade in this course. English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading, as well as the course content and any documentation of primary and secondary source material (if used).

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Sonya Louise Lundblad
Course teacher: Janne Stigen Drangsholt
Programme coordinator: Margrethe Melin
Programme coordinator: Signe Ekenberg
Programme coordinator: Anne Marie Nygaard
Method of work
Lectures and group work.
Open for
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
The UiS quality system involves student evaluation of all courses.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
British and Irish Literature (ENG105) 10
English Literature after 1950 (ENG130) 5
Other Voices - Global English Literature (ENG130) 5
British and Irish Literature (MENG105) 10
English Literature after 1950 (ÅEN130) 5
British Literature and Culture (HU0138) 5
British Literature and Culture (HU0138) 5
An Introduction to Literature in English (LENG115) 15
Introduction to British and Irish Literature (ENG116) 10
Introduction to British and Irish Literature (LENG116) 10
An Introduction to Literature in English for lector students (LENG114) 15
Literature
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