2007-08 BM1 Introduction to the Critical and Scholarly Discussion of Literature, Part 1

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Session Date Topic Reading Presentation
1 Oct. 23, 2007 Course Outline. Session 1
2 Oct. 30, 2007 The Invention of History

— Different views on the periodization of literature.

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).

Session 2
3 Nov. 6, 2007 The Rise of Literature, Part I

— What the term literature meant in Defoe's days and how our modern meaning of the word developed.

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).

Session 3
4 Nov. 13, 2007 The Rise of Literature, Part II

— The complex discourse about literature: literary histories, national philologies and an exchange supported by the media.

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

Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur [1471] (1485). Esp.: Caxton's preface and book 5

Session 4
5 Nov. 20, 2007 Epic Poetry, Dubious History and the Novel, Part I

— The "rise of the novel".

Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (1387-1400). Esp.: General Prologue and Shipman's Tale

Daniel DeFoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719).

Session 5
6 Nov. 27, 2007 Epic Poetry, Dubious History and the Novel, Part II

— The order of Fictions

George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871-1872). Session 6
7 Dec. 4, 2007 Epic Poetry, Dubious History and the Novel, Part III

— The modern novel, a field of intense debate

Salman Rushdie, Satanic Verses (1988). Session 7
8 Dec. 11, 2007 Drama, Part I

— From the middle ages to Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, King Lear (1606). Session 8
9 Dec. 18, 2007 Drama, Part II

— From the restoration to the present.

William Wycherley, The Country Wife (1675).

Edward Bond, Saved (1965)

Session 9
10 Jan. 8, 2008 Poetry

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

William Blake, Jerusalem (1804).

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

Session 10
11 Jan. 15, 2008 Literary Theory, Part I

— What is literature? Different debates and different answers.

Session 11
12 Jan. 22, 2008 Written Test Session 12
13 Jan. 29, 2008 Feedback on Test and Look Ahead Session 13
14 Feb. 5, 2008 Literary Theory, Part II

— Debate or field of learning?

Session 14

Portfolio Requirements

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

  • Portfolio requirements for BM1, Teil 1 -- 3 KP:
  • Portfolio requirements for BM1, Teil 2 -- 3 KP:
  • 3 textanalytische Aufgaben (benotet, 40% der Modulnote) (Week 4, 7, and 10 of term)
  • 1 Research Paper Outline (benotet, 20% der Modulnote) (date due: August 15, 2008 [Winter Term: March 1, 2008].

Click here for further information about the structure of this course and the portfolio requirements.

We created a special page to reflect what we are aiming at - with this course and the studies in literature we offer at the university of Oldenburg.


The tutorials have their own page at 2007-08 BM1 Tutorials

Fragen und Antworten aus dem Tutorium

Frage 1: Können wir auch einen bekannten Text exzerpieren, anstatt zwei Bücher zu lesen?

Antwort 1: Ein Buch müsst ihr lesen, eins aus der Liste (und selbst da erlaubt Anton Kirchhofer Teillektüren). Das andere ist ein kurzer Aufsatz und sollte drin sein.

Frage 2: Werden in den Tutorien Beispielaufgaben für den "written test" besprochen?

Antwort 2: Wir bereiten euch auf den "written test" vor, die genaue Form steht momentan noch nicht fest.