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Bachelor 2020/2021

Key Texts of the English-Language Literature (in Engish)

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Philology)
Area of studies: Philology
When: 2 year, 1-4 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Language: English
ECTS credits: 8

Course Syllabus


“Key Texts in English Literature” is a four-module elective course that introduces major works of the British and American canon and teaches methods and discourse of literary analysis in English, developing the professional skills acquired by students in the previous year and other courses. Part of the course is design according to the principles of “writing in the discipline”, so the course develops the students’ skills in Academic Writing in English.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • ● to introduce major works of the British and American literary canon
  • ● to acquire methods and vocabulary of literary analysis in English
  • ● to develop students’ Academic writing techniques.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • ● know major works of the British and American literary canon
  • ● be able to analyze literary works in English, using proper techniques and vocabulary
  • ● develop research and essay writing skills
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: Unlocking English Literature. Analysis of texts
    Introduction: Unlocking English Literature. Analysis of texts. Charles Reznikoff’s "Testimony", Vladimir Nabokov’s "Pale Fire"
  • Analysis of poetry.
    "Beowulf", the Seamus Heaney’s translation; Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Canterbury Tales"; John Donne's poems
  • Analysis of theatre
    Shakespeare's "Othello"
  • Analysis of prose, 18-early 19th century
    Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice", Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Or A Modern Prometheus
  • Analysis of children's fiction
    Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Analysis of prose II: late 19th-early 20th century
    Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Blue Carbuncle’ and ‘A Case of Identity’, Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness; Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart
  • A journey in the context of the 18th century travel literature. Style and sensibility: history of literature in the context of history of ideas and history of emotions.
    Lawrence Sterne. “A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy”.
  • The poetry of British Romanticism and Pre-Romanticism. Poetry and visual arts. Poetry and visionarism. Poetic image and poetic symbolism. ”. Romantic ode as a genre. The formal aspect of poetry; phonics, meter, stanza.
    William Blake. “The Lamb”, “The Tyger”. Percy Bishy Shelley. “Ode to the West Wind”. John Keats. “Ode on a Grecian Urn”.
  • Philosophy of composition: prose and poetry. The role of detail. The role of rhetorics. The speech act reading of the short story.
    Edgar Allan Poe. “The Raven”, “The Fall of the House of Usher”. Herman Melville. “Bartleby the Scrivener”.
  • The Two Pillars of American Poetry
    Walt Whitman: the new poetics and the traditional means of poetic analysis. Emily Dickinson: the sources of modernism. Metaphor in poetry. A poem and its context. Poetry and publication.
  • The Modernist Prose. The American Short Story and the Southern Gothic. The gothic Space, the gothic character, and the gothic narrative. The modernist poetic of space. Time and space in a short story (collection). The modernist poetic of space. Time and space in a novel. Stream of consciousness.
    William Faulkner. “A Rose for Emily”. James Joyce. “Dubliners”: Dublin as a quintessential space of modernism. Virginia Woolf “Mrs. Dalloway. ”
  • Poetry of the 20th Century.
    T.S.Eliot. The Waste Land. poems chosen by students
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking class performance (Ungraded written assignments, class participation, discussions)
  • non-blocking Oral presentation (graded)
  • non-blocking Major (high-stake) quizzes
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.4 * class performance (Ungraded written assignments, class participation, discussions) + 0.3 * Essay + 0.1 * Major (high-stake) quizzes + 0.2 * Oral presentation (graded)
  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.4 * class performance (Ungraded written assignments, class participation, discussions) + 0.3 * Essay + 0.15 * Major (high-stake) quizzes + 0.15 * Oral presentation (graded)


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bloom, H. (2008). Beowulf. New York: Facts on File, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=317263
  • Miner, P. (2012). “The Tyger”: Genesis & Evolution in the Poetry of William Blake. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.334B6C9E

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bill Schwarz. (2015). After Decolonization, After Civil Rights: Chinua Achebe and James Baldwin. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.6937D8AD
  • Broderick, J. F. (2018). James Joyce : A Literary Companion. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1730462
  • Brown, R. (2008). A Companion to James Joyce. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=594911
  • Conlon, J. J. (2019). Tradition and the Individual Talent by T. S. Eliot. Salem Press Encyclopedia of Literature. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ers&AN=119626860
  • Davis, T. F. (1997). The Narrator’s Dilemma in “Bartleby the Scrivener”: The Excellently Illustrated Re-statement of a Problem. Studies in Short Fiction, 34(2), 183. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=2553335
  • Greenblatt, S. (2010). Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 33(1), 293–294. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=51499717
  • Jones, R. J. (2016). In Quest of the Self: Masquerade and Travel in the Eighteenth-Century Novel: Fielding, Smollett, Sterne. Eighteenth Century Fiction, 28(3), 620–622. https://doi.org/10.3138/ecf.2016.28.3.620
  • Lipski, J. (2014). In Quest of the Self : Masquerade and Travel in the Eighteenth-Century Novel. Fielding, Smollett, Sterne. Amsterdam: Brill | Rodopi. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=886837
  • Reed, N. C. (2004). The Specter of Wall Street: “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and the Language of Commodities. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.50BD8A45
  • Ring, I. (2017). Frankenstein; or, the trials of a posthuman subject : An investigation of the Monster in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and his attempt at acquiring human subjectivity in a posthuman state. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.48318232
  • Vendler, H. (2005). Invisible Listeners : Lyric Intimacy in Herbert, Whitman, and Ashbery. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=273149
  • Vendler, H. (2010). On Whitman. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 33(3), 643. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=54293232
  • Viviès, J., & Davison, C. (2016). English Travel Narratives in the Eighteenth Century : Exploring Genres. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1480171
  • Zirker, A. (2018). “All about fishes”? The Riddle of Humpty Dumpty’s Song and Recursive Understanding in Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Victorian Poetry, 56(1), 81–102. https://doi.org/10.1353/vp.2018.0004