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Title: British Literature

British Literature
Course Description
  • Aims
  • 1. To provide the learners with a brief outline
    of the history of British literature up to the
    first half of the 20th century
  • 2. To introduce learners to the imaginative use
    of English and to help them towards an
    appreciation of literary language and literature

Course Description
  • Aims
  • 3. To consolidate and extend the learners
    knowledge and fluency in English through
    interaction with literary texts

Course Description
  • Aims
  • 4. To further develop the learners ability to
    recognize and express emotional and moral
    attitudes on a higher level than about daily
    occurrences so as to facilitate their
    communication with educated native speakers

Course Description
  • Aims
  • 5. To prepare the learners for the study of
    literature in English at a higher level and to
    help them develop interest in and, hopefully, the
    habit of,reading extensively.

  • Teaching methods
  • lectures on the related historical and cultural
  • textual study
  • class discussion or presentation
  • reading assignment before each class
  • group work
  • individual research work for the term paper

  • Textbooks
  • 1. Wang Hong. 2000. English Literature Reading
    and Appreciation. Guangzhou South China Science
    and Engineering University Press.
  • 2. ---.2006.20th-century British Literature.
    Wuhan Wuhan University Press.
  • 3. Frankenstein (provided by the teacher)
  • Jane Eyre

  • Reference Books
  • Baldick, Chris. 2000. Oxford Concise Dictionary
    of Literary Terms. Shanghai Shanghai Foreign
    Language Education Press.
  • Zhang, Boxiang.1997-98. British Literature, a
    Coursebook. Vol.1-3. Wuhan Wuhan Uni. Press.
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  • Assessment
  • General performance
  • (including term paper. Exercises, quiz,
    presentation) 50
  • Final examination 50

Term Paper Requirements
  • TitleBeginning of English Novel
  • (concise and concrete)
  • Research Question(s)
  • Why did English novel come into
  • being in the 18th century?/ In what
  • way is English novel a middle-class
  • literature? (i.e. the questions the paper is
    supposed to answer)

  • Tentative Conclusion
  • As British middle class became the main stay
    of the society, it needed a literature of their
    own to tell of their life and express their
    concern, a literature which was easy enough for
    them to read, whose story and heroes were
    familiar enough for their recognition, and whose
    language was graceful and content morally sound
    enough for their education.

  • Outline
  • I. Historical background Political, economic,
    social status quo, in which middle class held a
    predominant position
  • II. The need of Enlightenment/education so
    that the middle class could meet its leading role
    in the coming years purpose, means and contents
    of the education

  • III. Major features of English novel of the
    time realist, didactic, polished language and
    graceful style, etc. to model after the classics
    of the aristocrats
  • IV. Conclusion (refer to tentative
    answers novel was a bourgeois product
    prediction of its future development)

  • Works Cited
  • e.g.1. Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day.
    London Faber and Faber,1989.
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  • e.g. 2. Smith, David. My University Days.
    College Composition. John Powell, ed. NY Harvard
    University Press, 2003.18-29.
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  • Citation
  • e.g.1 ---xxx( Ishiguro 87)?
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  • ?The following quotations of the book will be
    thereafter in page number only.
  • e.g. 2 ---xxx (89)
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  • Requirements
  • 1.write the paper only after the proposal
  • 2.title in size 3, bold subtitle size 4,
    bold body size small 4
  • 3.1st page the proposal, followed by the paper
    and Works Cited
  • 4.word account 1000-1500 printed out
  • 5. never plagiarize!!!

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2 Intro. to the course lecture reading assignment
3 Medieval Age lecture and discussion the same
4 Renaissance (1) Introduction lecture and discussion
5 Renaissance (2) Drama Shakespeare lecture and discussion
1.If canceled, this weeks class should
accordingly go to the next week
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6 Renaissance (3) Poetry Prose Sonnet 18 Of Studies discussion National holiday1
7 Revo. Restoration Miltons Paradise Lost lecture and discussion
8 Enlightenment (1) Jonathan Swift lecture and discussion
9 Enlightenment (2) Pope Thomas Gray discussion
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10 Romanticism (1) William Wordsworth lecture and discussion
11 Romanticism (2) Keats Shelley discussion
12 Victorian Age Novels and Poetry lecture
13 Workshop on Novels (1) discussion and presentation
14 Workshop on Novels (2) discussion and presentation term paper due by Nov.28
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15 20th century Introduction term paper due by December 2
16 Short fiction discussion
17 Revision
18 Final exam
Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 18th-century
  • Gullivers Travels Jonathan Swift social
    satire/fantasy/ Part I, II, and IV interesting
    language difficulty .
  • Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe an account of the
    process of the building of the British Empire in
    the 18th century diary-like detailed description
    and narration language difficulty .

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 19th-century
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley the 1st
    science-fiction exploring the formation of human
    nature and relation between human life and
    science important literary resource to todays
    filming industry language difficulty , small.

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 19th-century
  • Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen about womens
    life (marriage) in late 18th century very good
    writing, esp. the dialogues language difficulty
  • David Copperfield Charles Dickens
    semi-autographical good description of childs
    inner world and the character portrait language
    Difficulty .

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 19th-century
  • Great Expectations Charles Dickens about moral
    corruption and loss of innocence and honesty in
    growing up the Cinderella pattern in structure
    language Dif a bit too long.
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte a poor, plain
    governess struggling for self-dignity and
    personal happiness language dif .

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 19th-century
  • Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte one of the best
    novels in the world a presentation of the most
    primitive, natural, powerful, touching as well as
    the most destructive love human beings are
    capable of language dif .

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 19th-century
  • Silas Marner George Eliot a religious fable
    about religion of humanity language dif
  • Tess of DUrbervilles Thomas Hardy tragic fate
    of a pure young peasant woman at the time of
    capitalist invasion into the country in the
    19th-century England language dif .

Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
  • 20th-century
  • Sons and Lovers D.H. Lawrence Oedipus Complex
    the study of man-woman relations language dif
  • The Fifth Child Doris Lessing about distortion
    or horror of human nature/ a human-born monster
    Language dif , small.

  • Reference Questions for Unit 1
  • 1. Who were the earliest settlers of
    Britton/England? What do you know about them
    (home, language, belief, life style)?
  • 2. What are the 3 conquests? What effects
    they had upon the nation?
  • 3. Ideologically what is the most
    significant change in peoples spiritual life?

  • Reference Questions for Unit 1
  • 4. How was the nation developed politically or
    what changes were there in the form of the social
  • 5. In terms of literature, what influence had
    the French upon England?

  • Reference Questions for Unit 1
  • 6. How many languages were spoken during the
    French reign? How do you understand modern
    English as a language?
  • 7. What was the essence of Christian doctrine
    preached at the time? Was there any ignoble
    reason behind it?

  • Reference Questions for Unit 1
  • 8. Why was the Middle Ages known as the Dark
  • 9. What was the form of literature at the
    time? What features does it have?

  • Reference Questions for Unit 1
  • 10. What are the 3 periods/stages of Chaucers
    literary career?
  • 11. In what way do we call Chaucers
    Canterbury Tales the first work of English
  • 12. What is image of the nun? Is she favorably
    and admirably or satirically portrayed? What
    figures of speech are used?
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