105年第2學期-0147 英國文學(四) 課程資訊
|Midterm Exam||40||Exam administered during the midterm exam week.|
|Final Exam||40||Exam administered during the final exam week.|
|End of Semester Writing Assignment||20||Essay assignment on a choice of topics.|
本課程名額為 70人，已有85 人選讀，尚餘名額-15人。
British Literature II aims to: 1. give students a good grounding in British literature of, roughly speaking, the past 250 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.BL II is the second part of a two-year sequence of courses consisting of BL I and BL II. While BL I introduces students to British literature from its Anglo-Saxon origins up to and including the Enlightenment, BL II covers the literature of Britain from the time of the Industrial Revolution, i.e. the last decades of the 18th cent., to the contemporary age. We pay special attention to the following themes and issues: national and regional identities, class struggles, conceptions of gender and race, the formation of a pluralistic society, utopianism, the Gothic tradition, changing conceptions of nature, the encounter with other cultures, modernity, and the role of art and the artist. Though most of the authors discussed belong to British literature narrowly defined (i.e. originating in the British Isles) some colonial and post-colonial English authors from English speaking countries in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere will also be touched upon.
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 HourOffice B on 3rd FL or FLLD. Office hours: by appointment.
The main course textbook is the one volume edition of The Norton Anthology of English Literature (9th ed.), which students have already started using in BL I. The syllabus varies from year to year, but major authors such as, e.g., William Blake, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, P. B. Shelley, Keats, Dickens, Stevenson, Tennyson, Oscar Wilde, T. S. Eliot, Jean Rhys, etc. are covered.
Several examples of 19th and 20th cent. fiction will also be studied by means of documentaries and film adaptations. These may also differ from year to year, but will generally include classics such as, 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).