98年第2學期-0151 英國文學（二） 課程資訊
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British Literature II is the second part of a two－year sequence of courses consisting of British Literature I and II. British Literature I covers British literature from its Anglo－Saxon origins up to and including the Enlightenment; British Literature II covers the literature of Britain from the age of the Industrial Revolution to the present. The course pays special attention to the following themes and issues: national and regional identities, the formation of a pluralistic society, class struggles, conceptions of gender and race, utopianism, the Gothic tradition, changing conceptions of nature, the encounter with other cultures, and the role of art and the artist.
British Literature II aims to:
1. give students a good grounding in British literature of, roughly speaking, the past 200 years, and in doing so offer a window on the history and culture of Britain.
2. examine how and why British literature has achieved such a prominent and influential position in world literature and global culture.
3. develop students＇ ability to analyze and interpret texts and other cultural media and foster critical thought.
British II is designated a lecture (i.e. large) course in the department but it should be an interactive dialogue between the instructor and students. A lecturer merely standing in front of the class giving opinions about textual readings just won’t do. Questions, answers and comments should be equally appropriate from both sides of the dialogue: the teacher and the students. The instructor assigns material which the students prepare before class, and class time serves as a forum for exchanging ideas.
At the beginning of the first and second hour of class each week throughout the year, a pair of students presents a 10-minute report on a chronologically-related topic (examples might include: the Peterloo Massacre; the First Reform Bill; Chartist demands; Nightingale in the Crimea). There may be exams on reading assignments during breaks, or papers assigned during those times, depending upon the nature of the material. The Midterm and Final examinations are rigorous, and consist of 5 parts, each worth 20% of the total exam grade.
Office HourTuesday: 9-0 AM (FLLD 3rd Floor; Office B) Wednesday: 10-11 AM (FLLD 3rd Floor; Office B)
The Norton Anthology of English Literature 2
Instructor’s handouts and Powerpoint presentations
Selected films and documentaries