99年第2學期-0164 歐洲文學：十二至十六世紀 課程資訊
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1. Comprehend and build a solid foundation for their study of British, American, and other Western Literatures, languages, and cultural media in required and elective courses in the English Majors program. Included as part of this agenda, students will examine those authors and periods which figure prominently in many literature and culture courses in the FLLD. Students will also familiarize themselves with key literary and cultural concepts (allegory, chivalry, essay, political philosophy, religious writings, the romance, women writers, lyric poetry, the literature of exploration, etc.). 2. Gain knowledge of and understand the process whereby different aspects of Continental literature from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Early Modern period and the period of exploration have become important influences on world civilization.
3. Develop understanding of several course themes, regarding power relations and social structure, the freedom of the individual vs. societal conformity, the formation of national identities, gender roles and relations, and the concept of voice in literary studies. The course will further explore these concepts in the investigation of the individual in relation to religion, to particular social structures and conditions such as feudalism, creative self-fashioning, chivalry, and political ideology, encounters with the cultural other, etc.
4. Gain perspectives on Continental literature that will foster an understanding of all
human culture as a construct and thus foster critical thought regarding many
aspects of the human experience such as, e.g., governmental systems; religion,
myth, and ritual; gender roles; notions of social class and caste; race and ethnicity;
This second half of this course continues with the literature of Continental Europe, taking up with the early medieval period and proceeding through the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Early Modern Period, on up to New World colonization. The course will emphasize anl approach that is best suited to Chinese students of Western languages and literatures: the religious and secular writers of the Middle Ages, European storytelling and legends, the chivalric tradition, the poetry of the sonnet writers, the ballad culture, the classic works of the Italian and Northern European Renaissance, including both creative and philosophical writings, the essay genre, the book of manners, the mystery play, the allegory, and the satire. All of these works will be explored regarding the evolution of the Indo-European languages; Western concepts of self, other, home, identity, family, nation, state, and justice, divinity, mythology, etc.
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The Norton Anthology of Western Literature. 8th Edition. Vol 1. Ed. Sarah Lawall. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2006.