2009 BM1 Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature, Lecture Course

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Session Date Topic Reading Presentation
1 April 7, 2009 Course Outline. BM1 Curriculum Lecture BM1: Course outline
2 April 14, 2009 Literary Theory

— Will literary historians ever establish a final view?

Lecture BM1: Literary Theory
3 April 21, 2009 Literary History

— Which is the ultimate periodisation?

Pat Rogers (ed.), The Oxford Illustrated History of English Literature (1987)
William Salmon, The London almanack for the year of our Lord 1694 (1694).

John Goldsmith, An almanack for the year of our Lord God, M.DCCC. (1800).

Lecture BM1: Literary History


4 April 28, 2009 Concepts of Literature

— What is literature?

Aristotle, The Art of Poetry [c. 350 BC] (1705)
Pierre-Daniel Huet, The history of romances (1670)
The modern dictionary of arts and sciences; or, complete system of literature (1774).

Hippolyte Taine, Introduction to the History of English Literature (1863).

Lecture BM1: Concepts of literature


5 May 5, 2009 From Mandeville's Voyages to the Robinson Crusoe, Fiction 1

— What is fiction? Why do we have an 18th century "rise of the novel"?

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (1387-1400). Esp.: General Prologue and Shipman's Tale
Jehan de Mandeville, Voyages (c.1370)

Daniel DeFoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719).

Lecture BM1: Fiction, 1


6 May 12, 2009 Fiction, 2

— The order of Fictions

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-1872). Lecture BM1: Fiction, 2


7 May 19, 2009 Fiction, 3

— The modern novel, a field of intense debate

Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses (1988). Lecture BM1: Fiction, 3


8 May 26, 2009 Drama, I

— From the middle ages to Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, King Lear (1606). Lecture BM1: Drama, 1
9 June 2, 2009 Drama, II

— From the restoration to the present.

William Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675).

Edward Bond, Saved (1965)

Lecture BM1: Drama, 2


10 June 9, 2009 Poetry

— Once a broad field comprising epic, drama and smaller genres, today a subsection of literature.

William Wordsworth, Preface to Lyrical Ballads, (rev. ed. 1802).
William Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (1804)

T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922).

Lecture BM1: Poetry


11 June 16, 2009 Round up

— What have we done?

Lecture BM1, Summer 2009: Round up
12 June 23, 2009 Written Test Lecture BM1, Summer 2009: Written Test
13 June 30, 2009 Obligatory Tutorials: Another Look at your Research Paper Outlines. Course Evaluation Lecture BM1: RPO
14 July 7, 2009 Feedback on Written Test; Feedback on Course Evaluation

— What was it all for?

Lecture BM1: Feedback

Portfolio Requirements

The Portfolio for the entire module (parts 1 and 2) includes 6 items:

  • Portfolio requirements for BM1, Vorlesung -- 3 KP:
  • 1 Written Test (benotet, 40% der Modulnote) -- June 23, 2009.
  • Portfolio requirements for BM1, Übung -- 3 KP:

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