99年第2學期-0156 英國文學（二） 課程資訊
|Midterm exam||40||Midterm exam including definition, close reading and literary interpretation topics.|
|Final exam||40||Final exam including definition, close reading and literary interpretation topics|
|End of semester writing assignment||20||Take home essay topic|
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.
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The main course textbook is The Norton Anthology of English Literature II. The syllabus varies from year to year depending on the semester schedule and student interest, but major authors such as, e.g., William Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Dickens, Stevenson, Tennyson, Oscar Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Harold Pinter, etc. are always covered.
Several examples of 19th and 20th cent. fiction will also be studied by means of film adaptations: e.g., Great Expectations or Oliver Twist (based on novels by Charles Dickens), Jane Eyre (based on novel by Charlotte Bronte), and Mr. Johnson (based on novel by Joyce Carey).