Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1271 - English literature : Narrative voices, from the first novels to the twentieth century


Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory and 8 hours of exercises.

Timetable :
Second term
Monday from 14:30 to 15:30 at 109 Marais 411
Tuesday from 10:45 to 12:45 at 109 Marais 413

Language of instruction :

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;
- produce a structured, well-argued discourse that integrates the specific vocabulary and concepts used in literary studies;
- analyse a literary text using the knowledge acquired through the course.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Letters : General :

For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
This course familiarizes students with the concepts and methods of literary analysis through the in-depth analysis of a selection of novels. Using as its main thread the notion of narrative voice, it focuses on the various aspects of narration, focalisation and the modes of representation of a character's consciousness through the analysis of “traditional” and experimental novels.

This course includes 8 hours of workshops. These sessions are meant to help students become more familiar with the texts thanks to activities in which the extracts discussed in class are approached from a different angle. The workshops also include writing tasks and/or short presentations.

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.).

Assessment methods and criteria :
2-hour written exam (without access to the course material or reference books).

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.