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Students should consider the following aspects:

  • The subject: 'Introduction to English Literature' covers the period from the Renaissance (16th century) until the present time. It is, therefore, an introduction to modern and  contemporary English Literature, excluding the Literature in Old English and Middle English because of its obvious linguistic difficulty.
  • The use of the adjective 'English' in the label 'English Literature' is currently an object of intense debate: why should we use it in relation to the literature in English of nations different from England, such as Scotland and Wales within the United Kingdom, or the many former British colonies all over the world, including Ireland? This subject deals, thus, with a topic currently undergoing a profound transformation.
  • 'Introduction to English Literature' provides the cultural background for diverse professional fields: English language teaching, journalism, management of cultural institutions, publishing, Internet communication and business, etc.

 

 

Unit

Description
Unit 1

Literature in English: Definitions and debates (exercise CAT1)

Unit 2

Contemporary English fiction: The literary novel today (exercise CAT2)

Unit 3

Popular narratives of the 19th century  (exercise CAT3)

Unit 4

English poetry: A panoramic view (exercise CAT4)

Unit 5

Shakespeare (exercise CAT5)

 

"Introduction to English Literature" offers an introduction to the main concepts related to English Literature, followed by an overview of the different genres and periods from the Renaissance until today. The course follows a reverse chronological order for units 2-5. This is because we consider that most students find the contemporary texts easier to read than the earlier works. We trust that as the students' reading and interpretative skills improve they will be able to understand demanding writers such as the poet John Donne or the playwright William Shakespeare with relatively little difficulty.

 

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English level required to follow the course: B2, 4th-5th year EOI or Advanced (post-First Certificate), though no certificate is required.

According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)(see http://www.coe.int/T/DG4/Linguistic/Source/Framework_EN.pdf for the complete text), Level B2 describes a level of English where a student is able to "understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation... Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

  • Studying English Literature is an excellent way to practise and improve your of English. The amount of material the student has to read in English (the obligatory texts, the Handbook, related links etc) and the command of the language itself are aspects to be considered when choosing this subject.
  • Students are expected to write the exercises (except CAT4), the final exam and all other types of communication (like messages to the Consultor or contributions to the Forum and Debate) in English. However, they should remember that, as with other English subjects offered by the UOC, the emphasis will always be on the ability to communicate ideas rather than on accuracy in grammar, syntax and vocabulary. 

 

*Dictionaries are allowed at all times, including during the final exam. Students are strongly advised to use both a good English/Catalan or English/Spanish dictionary and an English dictionary. Some good online dictionaries are WordReference (http://www.wordreference.com) for English-Spanish or Spanish-English translation, Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (http://www.ldoceonline.com/) and Webster's Online Dictionary for English (http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/)

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Objectives

 This subject aims to train students to do the following:

  • Read, understand and become familiar with a selection of the most representative works of English Literature from the 16th century to the present.
  • Reflect, analyse and comment on a variety of literary and academic texts written in English, of diverse genres and historical periods.
  • Develop critical values, summarising information from diverse written and audiovisual sources and from the opinions of their classmates, presenting them in a clear, coherent way.
  • Express themselves clearly and fluently in English on subjects related to academic discourses in general and to English Literature in particular.
  • Participate in current academic debates in relation to English Literature.
Competences

 

The subject 'Introduction to English Literature' and the transversal competences of the Humanities Degree

 

On completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of the main ideas in complex academic texts, both regarding concrete and abstract themes, including technical debates in English (minimum level: B2).
  • Communicate fluently and spontaneously, in English, with native speakers of this language within a virtual environment (minimum level B2).
  • Write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects, expressing a personal point of view which is argued convincingly (minimum level B2).
  • Search for secondary sources to document the writing of academic essays in English (minimum level B2).

 

The subject 'Introduction to English Literature' and the specific competences of the Humanities Degree

 

On completion of the subject students will be able to:

  •     Analyse and critically interpret the cultural transformations, both past and present, of English-speaking countries and, by comparison, of their own culture.
  •      Recognise and interpret the complexity of cultural diversity.
  •      Interpret their existing cultural context from a multidisciplinary viewpoint.
  •      Identify and understand the processes of cultural reproduction and transformations in human interaction.

Specific competences of the subject

 

On completion of the subject students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the most representative works and movements of English Literature from the 16th century onwards, and of the relations between literary creation and the general evolution of the corresponding culture.
  • Demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of literary and academic texts in English.
  • Apply critical thinking to the reading, analysis and description of literary and academic texts in English.
  • Argue complex ideas in a clear, coherent and persuasive way regarding texts and discourses in English.
  • Write critical and explanatory academic texts in English.

 

Specific competences of the subject per Unit

 

Unit 1: Literature in English: Definitions and debates

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the current debates on the Literature in English.
  • Argue complex ideas in a clear, coherent and persuasive way regarding these debates.
  • Apply critical thinking to the comparison between the culture in English speaking countries and their own cultures (Catalan or Spanish)
  • Write critical and explanatory academic texts in English on the nature of Literature and how it is defined within the English-speaking world.
  • Apply the theoretical and methodological tools acquired in the production and comprehension of texts of diverse academic areas within the Humanities.

 

Unit 2: Contemporary English fiction: The literary novel today

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the most representative fiction of contemporary English Literature.
  • Demonstrate good reading comprehension of this genre, with an emphasis on literary fiction.
  • Apply critical thinking to the reading, analysis and description of fiction in English.
  • Argue complex ideas in a clear, coherent and persuasive way regarding this genre in their contemporary manifestations.
  • Write critical and explanatory academic texts in English on the fiction written in English.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to understanding and participating in current debates on multilinguism, nationalism, and the traditions of their immediate cultural context.

 

Unit 3: Popular narratives of the 19C

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate sound understanding of the selected 19th century popular narratives in English.
  • Apply critical thinking to the reading, analysis and description of 19th century popular narratives.  
  • Argue complex ideas in a coherent and persuasive manner regarding 19th century popular literature.
  • Write critical and explanatory academic texts in English on the selected 19th century popular narratives written in English.
  • Integrate quotations from primary sources in written academic essays.

 

Unit 4: English poetry: A panoramic view

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the most representative works and movements of English poetry from the Renaissance to the present.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of this genre in different historical periods.
  • Apply critical thinking to the reading, analysis and description of a selection of poetry from the past and the present written in English.
  • Argue complex ideas in a clear, coherent and persuasive way regarding the poetry written in English of the past and the present.
  • Write a critical text on the poetry written in English and and record themselves (either on a voice recorder or on a camera) reading it.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to the reading, analysis and comparison of poetry written in other languages.

 

Unit 5: Shakespeare

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the plays and life of William Shakespeare.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of one of Shakespeare's plays in its original English version.
  • Argue complex ideas in a clear, coherent and persuasive way regarding the plays by William Shakespeare.
  • Write critical and explanatory academic texts in English analysing, in detail, a play by William Shakespeare.
  • Apply the knowledge acquired to the reading, analysis and comparison of drama written in other languages

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Unit 1

Literature in English: Definitions and debates

 

Texts:

Selected quotations from academic essays

La Literatura. Sara Martin Alegre

Unit 2

Contemporary English fiction: The literary novel today

 

Text: White Teeth.Zadie Smith 

Unit 3

Popular narratives of the 19C

 

Texts: "A Scandal in Bohemia" (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle); "The Final Problem" (Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle) and "The Adventure of the Empty House" (The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle) 

Unit 4

English poetry: A panoramic view

 

Texts: Selected poems 16th century -present.

Unit 5

Shakespeare

Text: A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Shakespeare

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Material Suport
Poetry PDF
Definitions and Debates PDF

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Texts

These are the texts students are required to read.

Unit 1 Literature in English: Definitions and debates

A SELECTION OF QUOTATIONS FROM ACADEMIC ESSAYS:

  • Quotations from books by the following authors: Tony Bennett, Clive Bloom, Harold Bloom, George Bluestone, Malcolm Bradbury, Lennard J. Davis, Terry Eagleton, Ken Gelder, Harriet Hawkins, Kathryn Hume, Fredric Jameson, Frank Kermode, Stephen King, F.R. Leavis, Lawrence W. Levine, James B. Twitchell, Raymond Williams, Virginia Woolf and Ken Worpole. (Available from the resources section in the classroom).
  • Academic Essay: Sara Martín Alegre, La Literatura.  Available from the resources section in the classroom.

 

 Unit 2. Contemporary English fiction: The literary novel today

  • NOVEL: Zadie Smith, White Teeth (Penguin, 2000). PLEASE, NOTE: Students are advised to order the book (either the paperback or kindle edition) from Amazon UK (amazon.co.uk) or Amazon Spain (www.amazon.es) or from The Book Depository (with no delivery costs, see http://www.bookdepository.com/). This is the fastest way to buy it. FNAC, La Central, Casa del Llibre, Come In and BCN Books in Barcelona might also have copies. Students are strongly advised to see the corresponding BBC serial adaptation by Roger Michell (1993), though this is not a compulsory part of the course.
  • HANDBOOK Introduction to English Literature (Coord: Andrew Monnickendam, Ediuoc) Units 4 and 5

 

Unit 3. Popular narratives of the 19C

  • SHORT STORY: Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Scandal in Bohemia" (Adventures of Sherlock Holmes); "The Final Problem" (Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes) and "The Adventure of the Empty House" (The Return of Sherlock Holmes). PLEASE, NOTE: Students are advised to use the paperback (or kindle) edition of The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Books, 1981), but the stories can also be downloaded from the internet at: https://sherlock-holm.es/. Students are strongly advised to see the contemporary BBC serial adaptation by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (2010, 2012 and 2014) though this is not a compulsory part of the course.
  • HANDBOOK Introduction to English Literature (Coord: Andrew Monnickendam, Ediuoc) Units 3 and 4.

 

Unit 4. English poetry: A panoramic view

  • POETRY: A selection of 20 poems from different historical periods, available from the resources section in the classroom.
  • HANDBOOK Introduction to English Literature (Coord.: Andrew Monnickendam, Ediuoc) Units 1 to 5.

 

Unit 5. Shakespeare 

  • PLAY: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. You are strongly advised to use a book edition with introduction and notes but the play can also be downloaded in English from the internet at http://shakespeare.mit.edu/midsummer/index.html, among others. IMPORTANT: Cambridge School Shakespeare (ISBN 9781107615458) is a highly recommended edition. Editorial Austral has a very good Spanish translation by Ángel Luis Pujante published in 1999 (ISBN ISBN-10: 8467034106), which can also be downloaded from Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.es/sue%C3%B1o-noche-verano-Noche-Cl%C3%A1sica-ebook/dp/B00D4B30BS
  • HANDBOOK Introduction to English Literature, (Coord. Andrew Monnickendam, Ediuoc) Units 1 & 2

 

 

 A note on the Handbook

The HANDBOOK Introduction to English Literature (Coord: Andrew Monnickendam Ediuoc), provides the background reading for some units. Its exercises, however, will not be used in the course.

 

The UNITS in the subject should not be confused with the UNITS in the Handbook, also called MODULES. This table will help you establish their correspondence:

 

SUBJECT

HANDBOOK
Unit 2 (Contemporary English fiction: The literary novel today) (CAT2)

Units (or Modules) 4 & 5

Unit 3 (Popular Narratives of the 19C) (CAT3)

Units (or Modules) 3 & 4

Unit 4 (English poetry: A panoramic view) (CAT4)

Units (or Modules) 1 to 5

Unit 5 (Shakespeare) (CAT5)

Units (or Modules) 1 & 2

 

Methodology

 

Reading the Literary Texts: Work on the literary texts forms a major part of the Continuous Assessment (CA). It is, therefore, compulsory to read them all very carefully, always in their original English version.

 

Contribution to Forum and Debate: Students' participation in the Debate is an OBLIGATORY part of Continuous Assessment. The Forum may be used freely by students.

 

Teacher's Notice-board: Students should check the notice-board regularly for general teaching instructions and other information.

 

Queries: The teacher will answer all queries regarding the content of the subject, except those which can be solved by using a dictionary.

 

Returning the Exercises: The Teacher-Consultor returns all the corrected exercises to the Forum so that students can have free access to their own and their classmates' exercises.

 

Plagiarism: All work submitted for Continuous Assessment MUST be original. This means: 1) Any work submitted for Continuous Assessment must be the student's own, 2) Students may quote from other sources but MUST NOT present fragments, sentences, or even parts of sentences copied from these other sources as if they were their own words, 3) Where relevant, original sources must ALWAYS be quoted. Footnotes should be included to identify the source of the words being quoted (e.g. a book, a website).

 

 

Plagiarism is a very serious offence

and may mean that the student will not be allowed to continue CA.

Plagiarised exercises are automatically marked Fail (D).

 

 

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La Normativa acadèmica de la UOC disposa que el procés d'avaluació es fonamenta en el treball personal de l'estudiant i pressuposa l'autenticitat de l'autoria i l'originalitat dels exercicis fets.

La manca d'originalitat en l'autoria o el mal ús de les condicions en què es fa l'avaluació de l'assignatura és una infracció que pot tenir conseqüències acadèmiques greus.

Es qualificarà l'estudiant amb un suspens (D/0) si es detecta manca d'originalitat en l'autoria d'alguna activitat avaluable (pràctica, prova d'avaluació contínua (PAC) o final (PAF), o la que es defineixi al pla docent), sigui perquè ha utilitzat material o dispositius no autoritzats, sigui perquè ha copiat textualment d'internet, o ha copiat d'apunts, de materials, de manuals o d'articles (sense la citació corresponent), d'altres estudiants, o per qualsevol altra conducta irregular.

La qualificació de suspens (D/0) en les qualificacions finals d'avaluació contínua pot comportar l'obligació de fer l'examen presencial per a superar l'assignatura (si hi ha examen i si superar-lo és suficient per a superar l'assignatura segons indiqui el pla docent).

Quan aquesta mala conducta es produeixi durant la realització de les proves d'avaluació finals presencials, l'estudiant pot ser expulsat de l'aula, i l'examinador farà constar tots els elements i la informació relatius al cas.

D'altra banda, aquesta conducta pot donar lloc a la incoació d'un procediment disciplinari i l'aplicació, si escau, de la sanció que correspongui.

La UOC habilitarà els mecanismes que consideri oportuns per a vetllar per la qualitat de les seves titulacions i garantir l'excel·lència i la qualitat del seu model educatiu.

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Aquesta assignatura només es pot superar a partir de l'avaluació contínua (AC) i una prova de síntesi (PS). Per a fer la PS cal haver superat l'AC. La fórmula d'acreditació és: AC + PS.


Ponderació de les qualificacions

Opció per superar l'assignatura: AC + PS

Nota final d'assignatura: AC + PS

AC = 70 %

PS = 30 %

Notes mínimes:

· PS = 3,5

Quan la nota obtinguda a la PS sigui inferior als mínims establerts per a cada fórmula, la qualificació final de l'assignatura serà la nota obtinguda a la PS.

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