Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1101 - English : History of literature and analysis of texts I

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 60 hours of theory and 30 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 13:30 to 14:30 at 109 Marais 410
Friday from 08:30 to 10:30 at 109 Marais 410
Second term
Monday from 17:45 to 18:45
Wednesday from 10:45 to 12:45

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Learning outcomes :
At the end of the course, students should be able to
- identify and describe the major literary movements of a specific period in the UK, Ireland and/or the US;
- contextualise and discuss in depth literary texts and the major authors belonging to that specific period;
- to produce a structured, well-argued discourse that integrates the specific vocabulary and concepts used in literary studies;
- to analyse a literary text using the knowledge acquired through the course.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
This course combines an initiation to the critical reading and literary analysis of texts with a historical overview of literature.
The first part of this course offers an initiation to the basic terms and methods of literary analysis through the in-depth analysis of a selection of both “canonical” and more experimental poems. The second part of this course gives an overview of English literature from the earliest literary texts in Old English to the Renaissance.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Lectures. Students are encouraged to actively prepare and take part in the discussions through weekly compulsory reading tasks.
The lectures make ample use of audio-visual material and technologies (extracts from film adaptations or performances, interactive quizzes with voting devices, etc.).

If the pandemic risk evolves and returns to partial or total containment, the course and monitoring sessions may be given partially or totally remotely, synchronously or asynchronously.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Content of the first term
Written exam with three parts: gap-fill test, semi-open questions and one open question.
Content of the second term
Oral exam (3 questions) with preparation time.

Final mark: first term (50%) + second term (50%)

Recommended or required reading :
A bibliography with the main references is included in the reading portfolio.

Other information :
Course notes with a course plan, the reading portfolio and a glossary.
PowerPoint presentations available on Moodle after each session.

This course includes 30 hours of workshops. These sessions are meant to help students become familiar with the texts and basic terms and methods thanks to activities in which the texts discussed in class are approached from a different angle, but also writing tasks and short presentations similar to the exam questions.