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ENG115_1

An Introduction to Literature in English

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.


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, becoming a lingua franca across cultures and contexts, expressing 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.

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 have acquired these skills:
  • Be able to analyze, understand and explain modern and classic English literary texts from different periods
  • Be able to 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
  • Be able to 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
  • Conduct precritical and critical analysis

Contents

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 previous knowledge

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
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written mid-term exam1/25 hoursA - F
Written final exam1/25 hoursA - FEnglish-English dictionary.
One hand written A4-page with notes
English language and academic writing skills are taken into account in the grading, as well as course content and conscientious documentation of primary sources (and secondary, if consulted).
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).

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignment 1, Compulsory assignment 2
Compulsory assignment: One written compulsory assignment for each exam according to instructor discretion.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Sonya Louise Lundblad
Course teacher
Ingrid Galtung, Janne Stigen Drangsholt
Programme coordinator
Margrethe Melin , Signe Ekenberg , Anne Marie Nygaard

Method of work

Lectures and group work.

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


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This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 29.09.2020

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