Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

GERM1361 - Cross-cultural approaches to English literature, (post)colonial and/or (post)modern perspectives and rewritings of the great classics


Credits : 5

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

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Learning outcomes :
At the end of the course, students should be able to
- critically approach an author, a literary text, period, movement or critical method;
- 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 focuses on the concept of rewriting (including postcolonial and postmodern reconfigurations) through the detailed analysis of texts like Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, which reconfigures Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, or Michael Cunningham's postmodern rewriting of Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, entitled The Hours.

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 and the creation of a short video on one aspect of the course.
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 course plan and reading portfolio.

PowerPoint presentations available on Moodle after each session.

Course taught in 2023-2024.