|Course Code :||1004FLWTLE|
|Semester:||Semester: 2nd semester|
|Study load (hours):||112|
|Contract restrictions: ||Exam contract not possible|
|Language of instruction :||English|
|Exam period:||exam in the 2nd semester|
At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
- Competences corresponding the final attainment level of secondary school
An active knowlegde of :A passive knowledge of :
Specific prerequisites for this course:
- General knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet
sufficient knowledge of English to read English literary prose at an
advanced level and understand it when spoken at a relatively high level
Basic writing skills in English that allow for the composition of brief formal essays in that language.
2. Learning outcomes
- An understanding of how the modern canon of literature in English operates and how international writers come to be awarded the most prestigious literary prize in the world.
- Close reading skills informed by an awareness of narratological theories, context, and ideology.
- The ability to write a short essay about a literary text.
3. Course contents
This course introduces eight English-speaking Nobel Prize winners who have received the prize since the middle of the twentieth century. The emphasis is on authors who made their careers on the basis of their prose: the all-American writers Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck, the Jewish American Saul Bellow, the African American Toni Morrison, the South-Africans Nadine Gordimer and J.M. Coetzee, and the British writers William Golding and Doris Lessing. Their work evokes different national cultures and periods, as well as a variety of themes and fictional genres. For purposes of analysis, we will fall back on the narratological apparatus taught in the course "Literary Genres" during the first semester.
addition to the lectures, there will be a number of writing exercises,
taught by a different lecturer, in which you are being prepared for the
kind of academic paper writing you are expected to engage in on a regular basis as of the second year. These exercises will culminate in a brief paper that counts toward 50% of the final grade (hence the double exam format indicated below: "open book" for the writing exercise, "closed book" for the written exam).
4. Teaching method
Class contact teaching: LecturesSkills training
Personal work: Assignments:Individually
5. Assessment method and criteria
Examination: Written without oral presentationClosed bookOpen bookOpen-question
Continuous assessment: ExercisesAssignments
6. Study material
- Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea
- John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men
- William Golding, Lord of the Flies
- Saul Bellow, Seize the Day
- J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
- A small reader with stories by Gordimer, Morrison, and Lessing will be made available.
Please note that the only reliable editions of these works are available at De Groene Waterman (a bookstore in the Wolstraat at number 7), where you are also getting a student discount. Editions bought elsewhere threaten to be useless in class.
The three stories by Lessing, Gordimer, and Morrison may be picked up at Universitas (Prinssesstraat 16). The Hemingway stories to be read for the writing assignments can be found on the Blackboard course page.
For the writing component students need to be familiar with
- Kris Van de Poel & Jessica Gasiorek. All Write: An Introduction to Writing in an Academic Context. Acco.
The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Norton.
Geert Lernout. Schrijf het zelf: academisch schrijven voor cultuurwetenschappers. Acco.
Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. The Bedford Handbook. Eighth Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.
7. Contact information
Writing assistant: Pim.Verhulst@ua.ac.be.
(+)last update: 12/02/2013 15:56 bart.eeckhout