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MODULE Í SEMESTER 10 January–April

TOPIC: THE LITERATURE OF THE CONTEMPORARY AGE

This teaching module is based on the period approach. It is one of those modules that give the students an overview of major historical periods in the development of literature in English.

This module acquaints the students with the literature written in English in the second half of the 20th century. A world trend towards integration and globalisation has shaped the atmosphere characterised by moral and cultural pluralism. The English language is now used as the medium to explore not only British, Irish and American identities, but also new, multicultural identities born on the cultural crossroads of immigration or post-colonial developments. Most of contemporary literature is characterised by a good balance of tradition and innovation, and can be classified as ‘post-modern’. It brings together a variety of styles from the past and present.

The students have the opportunity to study some of the best fiction, poetry and drama of this period. They are also supplied by some information about the historical and literary background and the lives of the authors.

 

OBJECTIVES

· To become familiar with the works of some of the major writers of the period and reach an understanding of their contents

· To get an insight into the historical and literary background of the period

· To recognise some of the literary and stylistic techniques that are specific to contemporary literature and to build up an appreciation of how form relates to content

· To discuss some of the issues raised in the texts and express an opinion in class

· To be ready to apply the knowledge in an independent analysis of unfamiliar texts

 

REQUIRED READING

D. Delaney, C. Ward, C. R. Fiorina. FIELDS OF VISION. Literature in the English Language. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited, 2005, volume 2.

 

COURSE EVALUATION

The course “Literary Text Analysis” is part of the discipline “The Culture of Verbal Communication” (Êóëüòóðà ðå÷åâîãî îáùåíèÿ – ÊÐÎ). The effectiveness of the students’ work in this course is checked at every tutorial and the credit test (çà÷åò) in this disciplinå at the end of the semester.

To pass the credit test the students have to complete the following:

· Regularly attend the classes and effectively participate in class work at every tutorial.

· Learn the contents of the chapters “Historical and Social Background”, “The Literary Background”, and “Writer’s Gallery”.

· Write a two-page paper on one of the topics suggested at the end of the Schedule.

· Any missed classes will have to be accounted for in written form.

SCHEDULE

 

WEEK GENRE LITERARY TECHNIQUES AUTHOR WORK LINKS
1. 2h   2h English fiction – novel Limited omniscient narrator Graham Greene Our Man in Havana Text H3   Text H4 Historical and Social Background p. H186-189   Writer’s GalleryH18
2. 2 h     2h English fiction –novel     English fiction – novel Omniscient narrator   Magic realism     Muriel Spark     Angela Carter The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Text H5   Wise Children Text H7 The Literary Background p. H196-197 Writer’s Gallery p. H23 Writer’s Gallery p. H35
3. 2 h     2h English fiction – novel Irish fiction –reginal novel     Symbols     Dialogue   Ian McEwan     Roddy Doyle   Black Dogs Texts H9, 10   The Snapper   Writer’s Gallery p. H42   The Literary Background p. H198 Writer’s Gallery p. H49
4. 2 h     2h Irish fiction –initiation novel North American fiction – picaresque novel First-person narrators   Spontaneous prose Seamus Deane   Jack Kerouac Reading in the Dark Text H12 On the Road Text H13     Writer’s Gallery p. H55   North American History p. H192-195  
1. 2 h     2h North American fiction – picaresque novel Afro-American fiction – novel   Syntax Jack Kerouac     Toni Morrison On the Road Text H14   Jazz Text H15 Writer’s Gallery p. H62-63     North American Literature p. H202-203 Writer’s Gallery p. H68
6. 2 h     2 h   Cross-cultural fiction – reginal novel   Cross-cultural fiction –novel Rhythm     Symbols Chinua Achebe   Nadine Gordimer Things Fall Apart Text H16     None to Accompany Me Text H18 Historical and Social Background p. H190-191 Writer’s Gallery p. H76-77 The English-Speaking World p. H204 Writer’s Gallery p. H85
7. 2 h     2 h Cross-cultural fiction – novel Suspense     Omniscient third-person narrator Doris Lessing   Michael Ondaatje The Fifth Child Text H20 The English Patient Text H21 Writer’s Gallery p. H89   Writer’s Gallery p. H97  
8. 2 h   2 h Canadian fiction –novel of initiation Cross-cultural fiction –magic realism The naïve or innocent narrator     Obtrusive narrator Margaret Atwood     Salman Rushdie Cat’s Eye Text H23     Midnight’s Children Text H24   The English-Speaking World p. H205 Writer’s Gallery p. H102   Writer’s Gallery p. H107
9. 2 h   2 h English poetry   True / Imperfect rhyme     Diction Philip Larkin   Ted Hughes Next, Please   Toads   Thrushes Text H29 Fingers Text H30 The Literary Background p. H199 Writer’s Gallery p. H113 Writer’s Gallery p. H125
10. 2 h   2 h Irish poetry   Cross-cultural poetry   Free verse   Symbols Seamus Heany     Derek Walcott Bye-Child Text H31 When All the Others H32 Field of Vision Text H33 Love after Love Text H36 BluesText H37 The Literary Background p. H199 Writer’s Gallery p. H132     Writer’s Gallery p. H144
11. 2 h   2 h   American poetry     Drama Theatre of the Absurd   Persona     Allusion     Timing Sylvia Plath     Allen Ginsberg   Samuel Beckett Mirror Text H38   A Supermarket in California Text H39 Waiting for Godot Texts H40, 41 Writer’s Gallery p. H148 Writer’s Gallery p. H152     The Literary Background p. H200 Writer’s Gallery p. H162
12. 2 h     2 h English drama – modern tragedy   Drama – modern tragedy Social milieu     Lighting John Osborne   Harold Pinter Look Back in Anger Text H42     The Caretaker Text H43 The Literary Background p. H200-201 Writer’s Gallery p. H168 Writer’s Gallery p. H173  
13. 2 h     2 h Deadline for the papers English drama – comedy Cross-cultural drama Movements and positioning   Tone Alan Bennett     Wole Soyinka The Madness of George III Text H44 The Beatification of Area Writer’s Gallery p. H179   Noble Prize Authors p. 206 Writer’s Gallery p. H185

WRITING SUGGESTIONS: Express your opinion on the content and form of a novel, drama or poem of your choice. Choose one of the texts provided in this schedule.




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